Malaria and other vector borne diseases
The Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) (healthmarketinnovations.org) profiles more than 70 malaria control programs that engage the private sector in low- and middle income countries (LMICs). CHMI documents programs that use innovative delivery and financing approaches to improve access, quality, or affordability of healthcare for the poor for malaria and many other health areas
CHMI conducted an analysis of the 70 malaria programs profiled on the database in 2013, Innovations in Privately Delivered Malaria Healthcare: Exploring the Evidence Behind Emerging Practices. This analysis revealed a number of key takeaways:
• More than 50% of the malaria control innovations in the CHMI database are concentrated in East and West Africa and 40% are programs run by not-for-profits.
• Many of the innovations focus on increasing coverage of key malaria interventions, particularly high quality antimalarials (artemisinin-based combination therapies or ACTs), bednets, and rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) through private sector channels. Social marketing, vouchers, and subsidization of products are the most commonly applied types of approaches
• Often programs incorporate technology to improve quality and access at lower costs and change patients’ health behaviors, such as the program X-Out TB.
Explore in depth the full list of programs working in providing malaria services, and blog posts on this topic.
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