Engaging the private sector in delivering quality care for maternal, newborn and child health

Added on : 26 February 2020

By: Quality of Care Network Secretariat

The Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health is looking at the contribution and impact of private providers (ie, non- government providers, for- profit businesses) in implementing quality care for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in order to determine how to create, nurture and encourage the full engagement of the private sector in this work. The Quality of Care Network is conducting a systematic review to examine the private sector’s role in implementing quality care standards, developing and identifying best practices for delivering quality MNCH care, and strengthening health systems for delivering quality.

Members of the Quality of Care Network recognise that private providers are an important source of healthcare and have a role to play in improving quality of care. In fact, among the 11 Network countries, the private sector addresses an increasing volume of maternal, newborn and child health care needs. Yet, little is known about how to effectively engage and sustain private sector involvement in delivering quality care in low- income and middle- income countries.

The systematic review undertaken by the Quality of Care Network will address the following primary research questions:

  • How and to what extent does the provision of quality healthcare by the private sector affect morbidity and mortality among mothers, newborns and children?
  • How and to what extent does provision of quality healthcare by the private sector affect utilisation of services by mothers, newborns and children?
  • How effective and efficient is the private sector at delivering quality of care?
  • Among mothers, newborns and children using healthcare provided by the private sector, what are their experiences of care?

See the protocol for this mixed-methods systematic review, published in the BMJ Open.

Photo: Dr Djiba Diakité works in a private clinic in Siguiri, Guinea.  August 2016. © UNICEF/UN036516/Holt

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