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Health Policy. 2005 Mar;71(3):347-57.

Creating conditions for greater private sector participation in achieving contraceptive security.

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  • 1POLICY Project, Futures Group, One Thomas Circle, N.W., Suite 200, Washington DC 20005, USA.


The growing gap between donor/government funding and the expected need for contraceptives is an issue of great concern for most developing countries. Addressing this resource shortfall, and meeting the goals of contraceptive security requires that countries mobilize the full and active participation of the private sector in the contraceptive market. Private sector involvement will not only increase the resource base available for contraceptives, it can also free up scarce donor and government resources to serve those who have the greatest need for public subsidies. This paper provides an overview of policy processes, strategies, and tools that can be used in developing countries to create an enabling environment for greater private sector participation, foster complementary public-private sector roles, and enhance the contribution of the private sector to contraceptive security.

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