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The past decade has seen a growing appreciation of the importance of private healthcare providers as the first, and often only, source of healthcare in many countries. This has led to a range of interventions aimed at engaging these providers to deliver standardized public health goods and services. One partnership modality, called clinical social franchising, applies commercial principles to achieve this goal.
In 2012, 74 clinical social franchising programs were operational in 40 countries. The programmes included networks of 66,000+ providers that delivered franchised clinical and health services for family planning; maternal, newborn and child health; and to diagnose and treat TB, malaria and/or HIV. Millions of people received services. The scale and overall health impact of these programs is documented in the Clinical Social Franchising Compendium, 2013 (http://bit.ly/10nVT25).
This approach to engaging private purveyors of health and clinical services is gaining traction worldwide. The evidence base for this approach is also increasing, with studies now addressing health impact, quality of care, new usership of formal medical services, cost-effectiveness and equity.
This webinar will explain how clinical social franchising works, how it is being adapted in different countries and the evidence for its relevance as a public health approach.