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Supporting collaborative research on public-private relationships in health care: an international network

Objective

To link researchers and policy makers in 14 countries for the purposes of initiating and supporting research on the public-private mix in health care in developing countries.

Specifically, the network will concentrate on support for research in two areas :
- Regulation and incentive setting for private health sector players
- The selective involvement of private sector players to achieve public policy goals through contracting arrangements, allowing private practice by public sector doctors, and expanding the role of private practitioners in the delivery of public health services.
Expected Outcome

Firstly, the network will increase the volume and quality of research into public-private mix issues in developing countries. It will also provide a streamlined route for new entrants to this field to access available literature and human resources, and, by means of a project register, reduce duplication of existing work. Finally, the network should increase the profile of research results around public private mix issues for both national and international policy makers, and thus improve health care organisation, financing and provision practice in developing countries.
The following activities will be undertaken by the network to meet its research support goals.

* The development of internet connections to facilitate exchange of ideas, circulation of research methods and results, and the dissemination of key findings in this field. This will be done using text-based automatic mailing systems (known as 'mailbases') and an interactive World Wide Web site.

* Structured meetings between all participants to share research ideas, work in progress or results, facilitate support for new research, provide access to technical experts, and inform dissemination strategies and approaches to improve the impact of work on policy.

* Staff exchange visits to provide support to researchers in the field.

* Preparation of methodological reviews to guide current and future work in this area internationally.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

University of the Witwatersrand
Address

2000 Johannesburg
South Africa

Participants (12)

BLAIR RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Zimbabwe
Address
Josiah Tongogara - Mazowe Avenues, St Blair Resea
30 Couseway Harare
Fundacion Mexicana parala Salud A.C.
Mexico
Address
4809,Periférico Sur
14000 Del. Tialpan
Karolinska Institute
Sweden
Address

171 77 Stockholm
London School of Hygiene and TropicalMedicine
United Kingdom
Address
Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
Makerere University
Uganda
Address
Wandegeya
Kampala
Ministry of Public Health
Thailand
Address
Tiwanon 4 Road
11000 Nonthaburi
Shandong Medical University
China
Address
44,Wenhua Xi Road
250012 Jinan - Shandong
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN HEREINAFTER TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Trinity College For Health Sciences, Adelaide And
24 Dublin
The Foundation for Research in Community Health
India
Address
84A,r.g. Thadani Marg
40018 Worli - Mumbai
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
Address
.,Medical School, Anzio Road Observatory
7925 Observatory, Cape Town
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Malaysia
Address
Jalan Raja Muda
50300 Kuala Lumpur
University of Muhumbili
Tanzania
Address

Dar Es Salaam