Resources

Private Health Sector Assessment Reports

SHOPS assessment reports are available for the following countries:

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Select USAID-funded private health sector assessments conducted prior to 2009 can be accessed from the SHOPS website using the Search function.

World Bank-funded assessment reports are available on the World Bank’s Private Health Policy Toolkit.

Additional Resources

Population, Health, and Nutrition Data

  • Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS)—population-based surveys supported by USAID that provide data on health-seeking behavior for priority health areas, including family planning, HIV and AIDS, and maternal and child health. Available on the Demographic and Health Survey Program (formerly MEASURE DHS) website.
  • AIDS Indicator Surveys (AIS)—demographic and HIV-related information for high-prevalence countries, with support from USAID. The data are structured similarly to DHS data.
  • Service Provision Assessments (SPA), also funded by USAID, capture information about levels and types of health facilities and limited measures on quality of care. The extent to which private health facilities are included in an SPA is often based on the existence (and robustness) of a registry of such facilities.
  • World Bank Data—The World Bank Data Catalog provides download access to over 8,000 indicators from World Bank data sets.
  • World Bank HealthStats—Comprehensive database of health, nutrition, and population statistics—over 250 indicators, as well as background information on poverty, labor force, economy, and education. Users can access data by country, topic, or indicator, and view the resulting data (and wealth quintiles) in tables, charts, or maps.
  • WHO Data and Statistics—The World Health Organization’s portal offers data, statistics, and analyses organized according to a number of issues and themes, including health systems.
  • PubMed/MEDLINE—From the United States National Institutes of Health, database of more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites. It includes articles on demand- and supply-side characteristics, often country-specific.
  • POPLINE—Comprehensive collection of population, family planning, and related reproductive health and development literature. It is designed to help program managers, policymakers, and service providers access scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished documents (gray literature). It includes evaluations and situation analyses.

Business Environment Data

Regional Resources

  • Healthy Partnerships Report—Finance Corporation publication (2011)  that explores how governments and the private health sector are working together to address priority health needs in 45 countries in Africa. The report includes a framework to measure the level of engagement between public health authorities and private sector providers in Africa.
  • The Business of Health in Africa: Partnering with the Private Sector to Improve People’s Lives —Highlights the critical role the private sector can play in meeting the need for more and higher-quality health care in Sub-Saharan Africa. Identifies policy changes that governments and international donors can make to enable the private sector to take on a more meaningful role in closing Africa’s health care gap. Describes opportunities for engaging and supporting the private sector. An International Finance Corporation publication (2007).
  • World Bank Public Expenditure Reviews—Demonstrate how government health resources are allocated and spent. Public Expenditure Reviews are diagnostic studies prepared to help countries establish effective and transparent mechanisms to allocate and use available public resources in a way that promotes economic growth and helps in reducing poverty.

Health Expenditures

Country health expenditure information is available from the WHO website.

The World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Survey Finder provides data on household health expenditures.