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Who should care for women? Reflections on the private sector's role in reproductive and maternal health

Marshall India

The Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET), together with the MARCH Centre, cordially invites you to attend our research symposium:

Who should care for women?

Reflections on the private sector's role in reproductive & maternal health care

The private sector is an important provider of maternal and reproductive healthcare in many low- and middle-income countries. Overall the private sector provides around 37% of family planning, 44% of antenatal care, and 40% of deliveries, although there is substantial variation across countries and income groups.

This unique one-day symposium will bring together implementers, researchers, and policymakers working on the private healthcare sector and maternal and reproductive health, to highlight innovations in the implementation of private sector engagement, and consider the implications for policy and practice.

Learn about the role of the private sector in maternal and reproductive health, the nature of private providers in low- and middle-income countries, and the impact of private sector interventions such as social franchising and contracting out.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Peter Piot, Director, LSHTM
  • Dr Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, MSD for Mothers
  • Dr Nirali Chakraborty, Metrics for Management
  • Dr Lenka Benova, LSHTM
  • Dr Meenakshi Gautham, LSHTM
  • Ms Loveday Penn-Kekana, LSHTM
  • Dr Caroline Lynch, LSHTM
  • Dr Catherine Goodman, LSHTM

 Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET)

This event is organised by the Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET), a research group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine examining the role of the private sector in delivering maternal and reproductive health care. MET is currently concluding a four-year programme of research, including analyses of the private sector role in maternal and reproductive service provision, a study of the landscape of private providers in Uttar Pradesh, and evaluations of two key interventions: maternal health social franchises in India and Uganda; and the contracting out of a family planning commodity distribution to private logistic firms in Senegal.


Free and open to all. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is required.


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