Public Private Partnerships and Health
There is an increasing amount of interaction between the public and private sectors in economic and human development . The private sector is involved in areas previously the domain of public sector actors and IGOs, through avenues that include charitable contributions and partnerships with public agencies. As a result, the number of global public-private partnerships (GPPP) operating in global health and development is growing. Such partnerships can result in innovative, multi-sectoral strategies that redress a dearth of technological and fiscal resources. Although public and private actors have tried to create common operational structures and principles, these frameworks remain fragmented. Positive outcomes of this trend towards public-private partnerships include money available to global health projects has quadrupled since 1990, and the availability of certain drugs and vaccinations in the developing world increased. But the growth of GPPPs has also given private corporations considerable power in formulating global health policy. Evaluation of the short- and long-term impacts of these partnerships is only now beginning in earnest. Much remains to be seen as to the ultimate gains and losses associated with those partnerships.
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