Online Program

Private health sector role in accessing public health services in Ethiopia

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Yonas Yilma Hailu, MPH, Private Health Sector Program, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Background: Private health sector in Ethiopia has emerged in the last two decades, yet it has been growing rapidly particularly in urban settings. Nationwide, 78 hospitals and 4088 clinics of different levels were owned by private sector (FMOH 2011). However, its involvement in public health services provision were limited until Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) with the support of USAID| Private Health Sector Program (PHSP),the then Private Sector Program, to pilot Tuberculosis (TB) care through public-private partnership in 2006, since then program and facility expansion were made.

Design/Methods: Serious of activities were undertaken to create functional public and private partnership through; advocacy to establish supportive policy, capacity building, quality assurance, Joint supportive supervision, program review, establishing referral and supply chain management system. Facilities' service delivery report were collected using FMOH tool

Results: Currently, PHSP support 342 facilities that provide comprehensive public health services including; 262-HCT, 232-TB, 85-malaria, 105-family planning (FP), 92-PMTCT and 19-ART facilities through partnership with the Regional Health Bureaus of Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Tigray, Harari and city administrations of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa. In a year-time, October 2011 - September 2012, these facilities were provide HIV counseling and testing service for 256,968 individuals, diagnosed 18,560 TB and 72,000 Malaria cases, provided FP method for 17,320 acceptors, enrolled 648 patients for ART, and 459 HIV positive pregnant were accessed for prophylaxis

Conclusions: Private health sector has significant contribution in accessing key public health services, which signify the need for scaling up of its involvement through intensified public-private partnership

Learning Areas:

Basic medical science applied in public health
Biostatistics, economics
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the contribution as well as the potential of the private health sector to access the key public health services in Ethiopia

Keyword(s): Essential Public Health Services, Public/Private Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Yonas Yilma is a graduate of MPH with Public Health Nursing and Economics background, who has Thirteen years of experience with progressive career and responsibilities both in the public and private health care system, as health care provider, coordinator, Program Manager. He has been involved in Ethiopia’s Public Private Mix -TB program since its inception and lead to the initiation of PPM-TB services in nearly 232 private health facilities in the Country.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.