This guide was developed for managers of small health care businesses seeking to improve financial management and access to finance. It covers key elements of business management, including goal setting, record keeping, stock management, financial management and reporting, and accessing finance. DOWNLOAD PDF
This document is geared to potential investors and financiers, such as commercial banks, investment funds, microfinance institutions, leasing companies, and other types of financial institutions. It reveals potential market opportunities in the private health sector, promotes understanding the most common business models, and assists investors in identifying opportunities and evaluating potential projects. The guide also discusses the most common risks and barriers that investors face in the sector as well as ways to manage and overcome them.DOWNLOAD PDF
This video describes the early stages of an education-financing program for medical students in Uganda that was launched in partnership with Equity Bank and Mayanja Memorial Medical Training Institute in Western Uganda. It highlights the financial barriers that students face in paying for their nursing courses and the serious implications this problem has on efforts to build the country's health workforce. The video captures conversations among nursing students, institute administrators, and bank managers during a consultative process to find common ground and improve financing options for aspiring medical students.
Meaghan Smith, president and chief executive officer of Banyan Global contributed a chapter to Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health published by Springer. This book introduces readers to the pursuit and potential of community-based organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) to transform global public health. At a time of enormous challengeseconomic crises, social inequalities, environmental stressors, and emerging health threatsthese organizations are driving change, often being the first to call attention to an issue and increasingly forging significant and sustainable solutions. Meaghan’s chapter, The Importance of Sustainability in International Public Health NGOs, focuses on social entrepreneurship and NGO sustainability. Click here to learn more.
Banyan Global developed this market research report under the United States Agency for International Development-funded Banking on Health project. It details the financing and business-development needs of private doctors, nurses, midwives, clinical officers, and other provider groups in Zambia. Research includes findings from a comprehensive survey of 432 providers in five provinces of Zambia. Findings are analyzed by type of medical provider, province, and number of beds in the medical practice. This report is the second in a series of country-specific market research reports the Banking on Health project produced. DOWNLOAD PDF
Banyan Global developed this market research report under the United States Agency for International Development-funded Private Sector Partnerships One and Banking on Health projects. It details the financing and business-development needs of doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, and patent medical vendors in Nigeria. Research includes findings from a comprehensive survey of 1,773 providers in five states of Nigeria. Findings are analyzed by type of medical provider, state, and rural and urban locations. This report is the third in a series of country-specific market research reports the Banking on Health project produced. DOWNLOAD PDF
This report details lessons learned from the experiences of the United States Agency for International Development-funded Banking on Health project and its partner financial institutions in Romania as the institutions sought to increase lending to the private health sector from 2006 through 2009. For the benefit of banks, donors, governments, and technical-assistance providers, the report chronicles Banking on Health’s work with four different financial institutions (three banks and one microfinance institution) and the strategies they adopted to increase their lending to the sector. The financial institutions’ innovative marketing and product-development activities led to an increase in lending of more than $170 million to 8,500 health-sector borrowers. The report describes how strategies were adapted to meet the dramatic changes in the economic environment during those years. DOWNLOAD PDF
Produced by Banking on Health project and edited by Caesar Masina, C&N Media Solutions and Quimera.tv. 2009. Washington, DC: Banking on Health project, Banyan Global in collaboration with Abt Associates.
Produced by the USAID-funded Banking on Health project, this video describes the project's work in Zambia to grow the private health sector by expanding access to financing and business development services. Clinic owners discuss their experiences learning financial and business management skills through Banking on Health's training and then applying those lessons to grow their practices through expansion, improved profitability, investments in quality, public-private partnerships, and linkages with other providers. Health practitioners and financial institutions collaborate to dispel the notion that the Zambian private health sector is unbankable.
This MicroNOTE explores how microinsurance can be an effective risk-management strategy to protect poor households from the devastating losses related to HIV/AIDS, how different insurers have responded to the pandemic with appropriate and affordable coverage, and the challenges and risks in serving communities with a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. DOWNLOAD PDF
This comprehensive market-research report the USAID-funded Banking on Health project produced assesses the financing and training needs of family doctors, pharmacies, distributors, obstetric and gynecological practices, and medical clinics in Romania. Research includes findings from a comprehensive survey of more than 1,200 family doctors nationwide, as well as focus groups, a document review, and interviews. Findings are analyzed by rural and urban locations, at the development region level, and by gender. This report is the first in a series of country-specific market research reports the Banking on Health project produced. DOWNLOAD PDF
On February 15, 2007, a closed meeting was held in Bucharest, Romania, with 24 participants from the government, private business and financial sectors, multilateral organizations, and non-governmental organizations to discuss the findings and recommendations from the USAID-funded Banking on Health project's assessment Financing and Training Needs of Small Scale Health Care Providers and Distributors in Romania. This report documents the proceedings from the meeting; summarizes the findings of the research on family doctors, pharmacies, obstetric and gynecological practices, distributors, and private medical clinics; and outlines recommendations for improving the sustainable delivery of reproductive health and family planning services through the private sector in Romania. DOWNLOAD PDFENGLISH | DOWNLOAD PDFROMANIAN
The CGAP Working Group on Microinsurance and USAID commissioned Banyan Global to develop a Note consolidating lessons and recommendations for donors supporting microinsurance. Banyan Global interviewed stakeholders working in this sector, presented findings at the Microinsurance Working Group meeting in 2007 and disseminated the report for review by industry experts. The Note provides an overview of current donor approaches for supporting microinsurance, synthesizes key lessons, and offers guidance for donors when channeling their assistance to the sector. download pdf
This paper provides donors, program developers, program managers, researchers, and others in the social marketing field with a practical approach to guide conceptual thinking and sustainable program design. This paper focuses on the application of social marketing principles to the sustainability of health programs, in particular to reproductive health and family planning projects. For donor agencies this paper offers practical suggestions for moving donor-dependent social marketing programs along the path to sustainability. While there is no one formula for accomplishing this goal, the paper suggests steps that will strengthen programs' long-term viability and help ensure their success. download pdf
Private provider health networks hold the promise of cost effectively expanding the scale of private practice, and are increasingly being considered as a way to achieve national public health objectives. The Private Sector Partnerships-One project conducted a review of different provider health networks globally, examined the business practices of commercial and donorsupported networks to assess their relative strengths and weaknesses, and offers lessons that contribute to network viability. download pdf
This case study documents Indonesia's family planning experience with a view to understanding the factors and conditions that led to the remarkable growth in the private sector's role in delivering family planning services. Through analyzing Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data between 1987 and 1997, reviewing literature and conducting key informant interviews, the study offers policy guidance on how to encourage greater private sector participation in delivering family planning services. download pdf
This concept note develops a rationale for conducting value chain analysis in the health sectorwhere it is traditionally not appliedto facilitate private sector growth and increase utilization of priority health services and products. It offers a preliminary methodology for applying value chain analysis to identify bottlenecks, potential synergies and improve efficiencies in the health sector supply chain.download pdf
The authors shared their preliminary findings on ways that private provider networks can expand the supply of reproductive health and family planning services. They focused on such areas as benefits, obligations, and control mechanisms, as well as network viability. download pdf
This report illustrates the ways in which microfinance can expand and improve the private health sector, including the distribution of health products, the introduction of microinsurance, and access to capital for health providers. The author dispels the myth that private health providers are unbankable and discusses innovative linkages between the health and microfinance sectors. download pdf
This paper informs the policy debate on innovative strategies for working with the private health sector. The author uses a small and medium enterprise (SME) development framework to examine whether access to finance is a constraint to the development of the private health sector and how a lack of finance limits private sector development. download pdf
This tool assists the commercial health sector in developing countries to identify sources of financing for health care activities. The document lists these sources from international financial institutions, multilateral donors, bilateral donors, international NGOs, foundations, and the commercial and development finance sectors. Banyan Global was responsible for updating and revising this document. download pdf
This handbook covers elements of business management that will enable clinics to compete in their local market. It was developed for private health providers, such as midwives, nurses, and doctors, who operate small clinics and have limited business skills. Areas of focus include record keeping, financial reporting, marketing, business management, and credit management. download pdf
The Private Sector Partnerships-One (PSP-One) website is a dynamic resource, offering data, tools, and publications on the private sector and health.
The Banking on Health website has information on increasing access to finance for the private health sector.