From Bangladesh to Zimbabwe, and Peru to the Philippines, people in urban and rural areas alike are increasingly seeking out health care—everything from maternal and child health care to TB treatment and cervical cancer care—from networks of franchised clinics. Building upon existing resources in poor communities, social franchises network together independent health providers to add new, higher quality services in exchange for training and support. Social franchises use commercial franchising methods to achieve social rather than financial goals: equity, health impact, and cost-effectiveness.
Currently, CHMI profiles more than 50 clinical franchise networks, with more than 15,000 clinics and 3,800 hospitals serving more than 390 million people among them. This data comes from the [Clinical Social Franchising Compendium](http://www.sf4health.org/sites/www.sf4health.org/files/Social-Franchisin...) published by a dedicated team at the University of California, San Francisco who focus on advancing understanding of and improving measurement and operations of social franchises worldwide. Now called the Private Sector Healthcare Initiative (PSHi), this team is the leading group supporting and accelerating the adoption of best practices within clinical social franchise programs.
**Working to scale up and improve health franchise programs**
CHMI has partnered with PSHi to advance understanding of, and improve measurement and operations of social franchises worldwide. CHMI and PSHi seek to continue to support, document, and increase understanding of clinical social franchising programs as they continue to rapidly grow and expand. PSHi convenes managers of clinical franchise programs at meetings in different regions of the world to foster collaboration and sharing of best practices. Another way to accelerate clinical social franchising is to improve knowledge about the model among a diverse group of stakeholders. CHMI shares information about social franchising and other innovative health models with a broad web audience, each month reaching more than 10,000 program managers, social entrepreneurs, donors, investors, researchers and others. Web visitors to CHMI’s platform can also contact managers at more than 50 franchise programs through their web profiles to initiate conversations about operational or funding partnerships. Using the [SF4Health website as a platform](http://www.sf4health.org/), PSHi also shares knowledge via publications, newsletters, management briefs and videos.
Formerly known as the Health Systems Initiative (HSI), the Private Sector Healthcare Initiative (PSHi) works to advance the understanding of private sector healthcare provision in developing countries. PSHi’s goals are to improve the evidence base on the private health sector in developing countries, advance the global understanding of the significance of private sector healthcare provision in low- and middle-income countries, and ultimately, enable governments to more effectively interact with the private sector in order to achieve public health goals. PSHi pursues these goals through research, training and consensus-building around a broad range of private sector issues. A leader in work on social franchising, PSHi manages SF4Health.org and has produced a substantial list of research, publications and conferences on social franchising.
To view social franchising profiles added by this group, [click here]( http://healthmarketinnovations.org/partner/ucsf%25E2%2580%2599s-private-...).