How can health markets work better for the poor?

In March 2014, MannionDaniels was part of a study on “Sustainability Outcomes of donor-funded programme in the health sector in Kenya”, commissioned as part of the Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health (PSP4H) initiative.  This is an action research project to explore the markets in which poor people pay for-profit providers for healthcare.  Sustainable outcomes is seen as central to the Making Markets Work for the Poor approach and focuses on how market systems can function effectively in the long term rather than focusing on short term gains in impact.  The purpose of this study was to undertake primary research to assist the PSP4H team to assess the sustainability outcomes of prior donor-funded health care programmes in Kenya, particularly those offering grants and subsidies to partners in the public sector, not-for-profit sector, and commercial sector. The study also aimed to provide inputs for future PSP4H interventions.

The MannionDaniels team, led by Director David Daniels, conducting in-depth interviews with representatives from donor agencies, government, and private sector providers from Non-Govermental Organisations (NGOs), Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs) and For-Profit providers.  As part of the study a field visit was conducted in Embu County to meet with private for-profit providers who were also involved in social franchising and insurance programmes.

The study report is available from the PSP4H website:

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