Uruzgan is one of the poorest regions in Afghanistan. Health facilities are often absent, very remote, or and the quality of care is low. For people in the region it is often very hard to go to a clinic or hospital, resulting in a lack of quality basic health care.
The private health practitioners are much more accessible, but the quality of their services is often low. HealthNet noticed this and decided to work together with the private health practitioners by training them and providing them with medical equipment and supplies.
This way we make use of already existing infrastructures, while improving the quality of these private health practitioners.
HealthNet has initiated the public-private partnerships (PPP) project in 2009 in the Uruzgan province. Objectives of the PPP project are to improve accessibility and quality of health services.
There’s a special focus on immunizations and reproductive health services in insecure and remote areas. This is done by linking the private sector to the public sector by developing the public-private partnership.
In March 2013 HealthNet did an evaluation study about the program. This study showed very positive results. Generally local people have a good impression on the quality of health care provided by the private practitioners.
Also, the quality of care provided by the selected private practitioners scores significantly higher than other health providers in the area. Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as measles have nearly disappeared in the area where the program is active.
The project provides an example for other provinces that are struggling with insecurity, bad infrastructure and an insufficient public health sector, resulting in a lack of decent health care.
Therefore activities are being expanded: the project is now replicated by MoPH and implemented in other provinces of Afghanistan.