WHO consultation: Engaging the private health sector for Universal Health Coverage (Deadline: 31 March)

The following call is quoted from the WHO website, as a service for G2H2 members and others interested.


The 2030 goals for sustainable development (SDG) emphasize the need for partnerships to attain health related goals and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Although WHO’s member states have adopted the SDG agenda, they will not be able to achieve these goals through the public sector service delivery alone. The private health sector has evolved over the past few years to be a prominent player of health service delivery across regions and different wealth quintiles. Innovations are thriving in the private health sector and call for a new approach to governing health systems that ensures both the public and private sector can contribute.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has the potential to play a pivotal role in supporting UHC through private health sector service delivery governance given its focus on health and equity. A resolution to engage the private sector in providing essential health services was adopted in the 63rd World Health Assembly (WHA). Since then, WHO has made progress towards recognizing and engaging the private health sector, but a more system wide shift is necessary to catalyze action to reach UHC. The Advisory Group on the Governance of the Private Sector for UHC recommends a draft roadmap for the WHO that will support a new way of doing business for health system governance.

The draft roadmap outlines six governance behaviors critical to private sector service delivery governance.

  • Build understanding – Collection and analysis of data to align priorities for action.
  • Deliver strategy – Agreed sense of direction and articulation of roles & responsibilities.
  • Enable stakeholders – Institutional framework that empowers the actors.
  • Foster relations – Working together to achieve shared objectives in a new way of doing business.
  • Align structures – Organizational structures to align with policy objectives.
  • Nurture trust – Mutual trust amongst all actors as accountable participants

The draft roadmap aims to serve as a guide for WHO’s member states at various levels of engagement with the private sector and promote a new way of doing business for both WHO internally and the member states.  Following the publication of this roadmap, the advisory group will evaluate different approaches to support this new vision and the implementation of the roadmap.

All interested parties are invited to answer the following survey to provide feedbacks to the draft roadmap. New deadline: the survey is now opened until the 31st March. The collected answers will be used to adjust and finalize the roadmap.

Access the Private Sector Advisory Group Roadmap

Source: WHO