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Improving the quality of life for the people of Africa is one of the defining priorities of the African Development Bank. And there are few things closer to the quality of life than public health.

Affordable and effective health services are a sign of sustainable and inclusive economic growth, as well as of stable, civilized and peaceful communities.

The challenges of delivering health services may in the past have been ascribed by most to public authorities but today is characterized in most African countries more by an accepted partnership between the public and private sectors working in agreed policy and regulatory frameworks, allowing both public and private approaches to investments in the health sector, and creating many opportunities for private sector engagement where the public sector falls short or cannot maintain the engagement without broader capacity.

The Bank provides support for policy dialogue and capacity development to enable private sector engagement in health service delivery and finance at the country level. Through collaboration underpinned by the India-Africa Partnership, the African Development Bank, together with the Health Systems Research Institute of India and the University of the Witwatersrand of South Africa, has collected together and here presents best practices in effective health public-private partnership (PPP) platforms, the result of a two-year program of health systems value chain reviews.

This publication illustrates the effectiveness of South-South cooperation as it draws on the experiences of India, South Africa and other African countries—Burkina Faso, Malawi and Zimbabwe—now piloting health PPP platforms as a result of this collaboration.

This book will be an important reference for other African countries looking for ways and means to harness PPPs to improve responses to national health priorities on the basis of sound regulatory and good governance principles.

Indeed, platforms for public-private collaboration in health will be critical to attaining the 2030 goals set by African countries to build the efficient health systems necessary for universal health coverage throughout the continent. 

Vice-President Agriculture, Human and Social Development
African Development Bank