WASHINGTON, D.C. — Results for Development (R4D) announced it will serve as the technical co-lead of the new Frontier Health Markets (FHM) Global Technical Assistance program, which is a 5-year USAID-funded initiative, valued at up to $135 million. The program aims to strengthen health markets and increase private sector engagement to improve voluntary family planning, maternal and child health, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and other health outcomes. It also aims to contribute to greater equity in access to high-quality health services and products.
The program will be led by Chemonics in partnership with R4D, Pathfinder International and Zenysis Technologies. It will be implemented in collaboration with a group of 16 local, regional, and specialized organizations, many of which R4D has worked with in the past.
As a core partner, R4D brings deep expertise in health systems, health financing and public-private engagement. This program builds on R4D’s experience promoting public-private engagement in the health sector, including through two global learning networks — the Center for Health Market Innovations and the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage — and more recently, leading the Strengthening Mixed Health Systems project, which supported governments and local private sector actors in India and Kenya to demonstrate and document practical and actionable processes for integrating quality private maternity care into government-stewarded health systems.
“Since our earliest days, R4D has built a reputation as a global thought leader in public-private sector health and mixed health systems,” said Gina Lagomarsino, president and CEO of R4D. “We’re beyond thrilled to join Chemonics and the consortium in co-implementing FHM Global TA. The program is well-aligned with R4D’s new strategy — it is responsive to country change agents and institutions, and technical assistance will emphasize a coaching approach. The program will also rely on a network of local partners to co-implement.”
In addition to technical expertise in mixed health systems, R4D brings deep experience in setting up and working with networks of local and regional organizations to deliver technical support more effectively. This experience will be critical to collaborating with the FHM Global Partner Network. This group includes: ACCESS Health International, Africa Christian Health Association Platform, Africa Health Federation, Amref Health Africa, CERRHUD, Insight Health Advisors, Makerere University School of Public Health, Solina Group, Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center, Strathmore University, Total Family Health Organisation, Ubora Institute, Ariadne Labs, Metrics for Management, Scope Impact, and Stage Six.
With a focus on countries where USAID currently supports family planning and other health activities, the Frontiers Health Markets Global Technical Assistance Program will build on existing evidence and previous investments in strengthening the role of the private sector. It will use systems thinking to catalyze new ideas, partnerships, and innovative approaches to address key market challenges, and support the introduction, scale up, and sustainability of quality healthcare delivery in the private sector, promoting resilient and robust markets. Complementing existing global learning agendas, the program aims to enhance government stewardship of mixed health systems, enabling countries to better employ private sector ingenuity and popularity with consumers to contribute to family planning and other health outcomes.
About Results for Development
Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — supporting them as they navigate complex change processes to achieve large-scale, equitable outcomes in health, education and nutrition. We work with country leaders to diagnose challenges, co-create, innovate and implement solutions built on evidence and diverse stakeholder input, and engage in learning to adapt, iterate and improve. We also strengthen global, regional and country ecosystems to support country leaders with expertise, evidence, and innovations. R4D helps country leaders solve their immediate challenges today, while also strengthening systems and institutions to address tomorrow’s challenges. And we share what we learn so others around the world can achieve results for development too. www.R4D.org
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