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The Creation and Coordination of Private Provider Networks in Nigeria

This project contributes to the evidence base on how network approaches can strengthen private sector providers' capacity to deliver high-quality care through knowledge transfer and innovative business models

The Creation and Coordination of Private Provider Networks in Nigeria

This study seeks to test how to create and coordinate a network of private health care providers to deliver social goods and services and appropriate prices and to a broad population base in a resource constrained setting. It explores, on the one hand, the systems of governance, coordination and communication that are used to formalise and manage networks of health providers, while also examining optimal incentive structures and motivating mechanisms to achieve desired outputs within the network. Through the execution of a provider network pilot, different elements will be identified to inform best practice and a proposed model of networking private health providers will be developed for potential implementation at scale.

This project contributes to the evidence base on how network approaches can strengthen private sector providers' capacity to deliver high-quality care through knowledge transfer and innovative business models. Expected core learning will be in understanding how to attract and retain private providers within a network, how to govern such a network for optimal impact, and how to sustain those benefits going forward.

The results from this study will be shared with international health policy and management knowledge institutions including academics, public sector policy makers, government officials and private sector providers to help inform the creation of impactful private provider networks in health markets throughout the developing world.

Timeframe: Dec 2013 - July 2014

Implementing Partner: The Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria

This programme has been enabled by a World Bank DGF grant awarded to HANSHEP in 2013.

A video of continuing progress made in creating private provider networks through this program can be viewed HERE