Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health – PSP4H
PSP4H is a program implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets Ltd. Cardno conducts action research to explore how and when the private health sector can deliver affordable, quality health services and products to the working poor in Kenya. PSP4H aims to learn lessons of how a market systems approach might benefit pro-poor health interventions. The primary target group for the project is the ‘working poor’ who have some disposable income and usually make out-of-pocket payments for health care. The program encourages the private sector to invest in providing health care products and services to this target group. PSP4H partners with the private sector to identify innovative approaches and pilot them. If they are successful and viable, they will be replicated and scaled up. Lessons learned and knowledge gained will be documented and shared. PSP4H is based on principles from the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach and shares evidence with both Kenyan and international health stakeholders on the validity of this approach for pro-poor health program design. Using value chain analysis, market surveys and other analytical approaches, PSP4H assesses market dynamics such as formal and informal rules governing behaviors of buyers and sellers as well as the enabling environment underpinning the performance of the Kenyan private healthcare market.
The M4P in Health Portal serves as a resource center for the international community of practice interested in the intersection of private sector development and health care. PSP4H generates original research reports, case studies, featured report, intervention research, policy briefs, implementation series, presentations;, relevant literature, newsletters and useful links.