Workstreams

Improving Youth Access to Contraceptives through Markets

Innovative Financing for RH/FP Commodities

QuRHM program – Facilitating the availability of quality assured supplies

Since 2005, members of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), which includes major procurers for international programmes; public and private donors, governmental representatives, manufacturers and technical agencies, have been actively seeking to identify manufacturers of reproductive health medicines to provide products that meet international quality assurance criteria to national programmes worldwide. In October 2006, WHO launched its Prequalification Programme for Essential Reproductive Health Medicines. In the same month members of RHSC committed in principle, to procure products that are either; prequalified by WHO or approved by a stringent regulatory drug agency - the so called “Bonn consensus”

Read more about this workstream on the Concept Foundation website.

Facilitating public-private collaboration

It is generally understood that the State has a responsibility for ensuring the health of its people. The State often meets this obligation through a combination of the following: the provision of direct health services, health insurance coverage, or subsidized services and medicines. In many developed countries, the role of the public health system is complemented by recognized private sector organizations (social marketing groups, nongovernmental organizations, and commercial providers). However, in many developing countries the public sector is the dominant provider of health services, with non-public actors playing undervalued and sometimes marginal roles. Relationships between the public and private sectors are sometimes characterized by friction, mistrust, and mutual suspicion. This workstream aims to define and clarify the complementary roles of the public and non-public sectors in contributing to national efforts to improve sexual and reproductive health – thus improving collaboration between sectors. It is hoped that collaboration will lead to more efficient use of in-country resources, and, ultimately, expanded and improved service provision for the client.

The workstream:

  • supports the stewardship role of government in ensuring health of the whole population;
  • recognizes the significant role of the non-public sector in health service provision; and
  • seeks to promote enhanced cooperation and collaboration between the public and non-public sectors.

The primary activities under this workstream are the Total Market Initiative and developing data sources for advocacy of market development approaches.