The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the already stretched health systems in East and Southern Africa (ESA) countries, and was affected by previous levels of public leadership and engagement with the private sector. The response involved a range of collaborations between the public and private sectors. Country plans were public sector-led, in co-operation with international development partners, with partnerships between the public and private sectors in the response both in and beyond the health sector. This desk review commissioned by EQUINET presents evidence from online materials and EQUINET steering committee key informants on features of the public and private sector health system roles in the response to COVID-19. The work differentiates the private for-profit sector from the private not-for-profit sector. The review explores the equity implications of these responses, and suggests implications for (re)investing in strengthened public health system preparedness and functioning and private sector co-ordination in ESA countries.
Title of publication Diss 123: Equity in the public and private health sector responses to COVID-19 in east and southern Africa
Date of publication
Equity in the public and private health sector responses to COVID-19 in east and southern Africa, EQUINET discussion paper 123, EQUINET, Harare
public sector, private sector, COVID-19; east and southern Africa; health
East and southern Africa region
Equinet Publication Type