Public-Private Partnerships for Women’s Health in Zambia

Lessons for U.S. Policy

Zambia is a lower-middle-income country struggling with critical health challenges, including high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality, malnutrition, cervical cancer, and a severe HIV/AIDS epidemic that disproportionately affects adolescent girls and young women. The United States is the largest donor to the health sector in Zambia, largely through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Over the past five years, the United States has also helped establish several public-private partnerships (PPPs) aimed at advancing the health of women and families. These PPPs provide lessons about the potential impact of these approaches, the challenges inherent in such partnerships, and the importance of PEPFAR support. With future U.S. global health funding likely to be flat-lined, this is an important moment to assess how partnerships with the private sector can amplify the impact of U.S. investments in women’s and family health. The lessons from the U.S. engagement in the PPPs in Zambia hold valuable lessons for other such initiatives.

This report is based on an April 2016 visit to Zambia by a delegation of the CSIS Task Force on Women’s and Family Health. The delegation examined U.S. investments through three public-private partnerships: Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL), Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR), and DREAMS. The delegation sought to understand these partnerships in Zambia within the context of U.S. support for women’s and family health, which represent the core of functional health systems.
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Janet Fleischman
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Global Health Policy Center

Katherine Peck