World Health Organization (WHO) has prepared and published the report “Public-private partnerships for health care infrastructure and services: considerations for policy makers in Ukraine” as part of a Health policy paper series.
WHO is working closely with its offices in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, as well as partners, to rapidly respond to the health emergency triggered by the conflict and to minimize disruptions to the delivery of critical healthcare services.
Independent of the current military conflict, the health sector in Ukraine faces several critical shortcomings. In particular, the country has an oversupply of hospitals and an undersupply of primary care and diagnostic facilities. Addressing these limitations will require substantial amounts of capital investment, but constraints on public finances in the post-war context will reduce the Government’s ability to fund the needed reconfiguration. Multiple international financial institutions have stated their intention to support reconstruction in the aftermath of the war. The use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) may support the achievement of these outcomes and their use in Ukraine is likely to remain an important issue for Government policy-makers and their partners to consider in a variety of post-war scenarios. Ukraine’s Recovery Plan (presented on July 4, 2022, during the Ukraine Recovery Conference, URC 2022) entails the development of a special PPP program at the state level to rebuild destroyed social facilities (including health care facilities).
The report “Public-private partnerships for health care infrastructure and services: considerations for policy makers in Ukraine” draws on evidence base on the use of health sector PPPs in the WHO European Region and Australia, Canada and the United States of America. It provides an analysis of the legal, public policy and health system context in Ukraine to evaluate if and how PPPs can be used to strengthen the health system.
The report states that the use of PPPs may support the achieve the goals of rebuilding destroyed health care facilities if PPP mechanism is used to improve project selection, enable organizational efficiencies and enhance the value for money of infrastructure- and service-delivery in Ukraine. The use of PPPs in the country is therefore likely to remain an important issue for Government policy-makers and their development partners.
You can read more about the content of the report on the WHO website at the link – https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/359561.