USAID PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM AIMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES THROUGH INCREASED PATIENT CHOICE OF HEALTH PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR

With over half of all health facilities privately owned, the private sector plays a pivotal role in Kenya’s healthcare system. However, the sector faces several challenges, including counterfeits, the dominance of the public sector in some commodities, lack of enforcement by professional boards, lack of uniform standards for quality assurance and improvement, underutilization of local capacity, and inadequate incentives such as insufficient tax rebates and exemptions.

To address these challenges, a 5-year initiative (2023-2028), aims to enhance health outcomes by expanding the range of high-quality health products and services within the private sector. This initiative seeks to transform health markets in Kenya through country-led and Country-owned partnerships, actively engaging the private sector and local manufacturers. Utilizing market-driven strategies supported by Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) principles, the program emphasizes equity and efficient resource allocation across five key health areas: HIV, TB, Malaria, Family Planning (FP), and Maternal and Child Health (MCH).

The USAID Private Sector Engagement Program will apply a holistic and collaborative effort. It will adopt a Total Market Approach (TMA) to crowd in new health technologies and products (HTPs). Additionally, the program will work closely with national and county governments in the key target counties to enhance public and private collaboration by enhancing the strategic alignment of goals and objectives between public and private sectors and deploying effective communication and collaboration mechanisms.

 

USAID PSE Program Theory of Change

The Program main objectives include:

  1.  Sustainable options for private sector distribution of health products and services identified, tested and expanded: achieved by establishing sustainable mechanisms for the private sector to distribute health products and services effectively. This will increase the variety and availability of services offered through private sector channels, ensuring that communities have access to a diverse range of healthcare options. Additionally, efforts will be made to enhance the sale and distribution of health products within the private sector, fostering a robust market for essential health commodities.
  2.  Improved quality and efficiency in the provision of private health sector products and services: Achieved by enhancing the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery within the private sector. This involves exploring and strengthening self-regulation models within the private sector to ensure compliance with quality standards and best practices by implementing patient-centered quality improvement models in private sector facilities, focusing on enhancing the overall patient experience and outcomes.
  3.  Support for local manufacturing of health products strengthened: achieved by supporting the local manufacturing of health products, thereby reducing reliance on imported goods, and promoting economic development within the healthcare sector. The Program will identify and assess options for locally manufactured health products, working to expand the availability of high-quality, locally produced commodities. This collaboration holds great promise in contributing to the realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a significant milestone in advancing the health and well-being of the Kenyan population.
    By leveraging these factors, the Program aims to empower Public-Private Collaboration (PPC) partnerships, promote innovation, and enhance access to quality health products and services, ultimately contributing to improved health outcomes and the realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a significant milestone in advancing the health and well-being of the Kenyan population.

USAID PSE Program Implementation Framework

The Private Sector Engagement Program (USAID PSE) developed the overarching implementation framework which will guide the program implementation. It intends to support the establishment of the overall National Health Market Technical Working Group (TWG), which will bring together multi-sectoral partners, including GOK, private sector players, local manufacturers, regulators, social marketers, commercial players, KEMSA, Professional Associations, National Treasury, among others, and apply the total market approach to strengthen the existing health systems in Kenya.

The implementation framework continues to evolve as the program incorporates all the relevant feedback. 

Support for Local Manufacturing of Health Products Strengthened

The alignment between the USAID PSE Program and Kenya’s local manufacturing initiatives is a pivotal development, signifying a substantial leap toward improving the accessibility and affordability of healthcare services for all. This collaboration holds great promise in contributing to the realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a significant milestone in advancing the health and well-being of the Kenyan population.

The alignment between the USAID PSE Program and Kenya’s local manufacturing initiatives is a pivotal development, signifying a substantial leap toward improving the accessibility and affordability of healthcare services for all. This collaboration holds great promise in contributing to the realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a significant milestone in advancing the health and well-being of the Kenyan population.

Publications

TYPE DESCRIPTION
Report USAID Q2 report
County Factsheets USAID Uasin Gishu Fact Sheet
County Factsheets USAID Fact Sheet Kisumu