Developing and Evaluating a Public-Private Partnership for HIV/AIDS Care Among Miners in Rosh Pinah, Namibia

Project Description

Private organizations and individuals provide over half of the health care in sub-Saharan Africa. Poorer Africans are often unable to access these services and must rely on government-provided services, which are often distant from their homes. Effective partnerships between public and private health care providers can reduce the financial burden on the public health care systems while taking advantage of the capacity of private organizations.

The goal of this project is to develop a public-private partnership with mine owners in Rosh Pinah, an isolated mining town in southern Namibia, expanding to the surrounding community some of the care the mine clinic currently provides for employees. Such partnerships could spare the government the cost of duplicating services already provided by the clinic.

Rosh Pinah is home to two large zinc mines. The owners of these mines own a well-equipped and staffed clinic, providing AIDS treatment, including antiretroviral therapy, to their employees. A public-private partnership with the mine owners would allow the population living near the mines to receive some treatments through Rosh Care, supplementing the services available from the small public primary care clinic in the town. If successful, this partnership would become a model for similar arrangements elsewhere in Namibia, where there are large companies supporting employee health care clinics and surrounding populations that must travel long distances to the nearest government health facility. To support this nascent partnership, the CGHD works cooperatively with PharmAccess Namibia, a local NGO, to convene stakeholder meetings, present possible partnership models, analyze the potential savings and costs, and draft the necessary protocols for shared services.

This Project is one activity of the CGHD’s Child and Family Applied Research project (CFAR).

Project Details

Principal Investigator Rich Feeley
Collaborators
  • PharmAccess Namibia
Country(ies) Namibia
Dates of Research 2008–2010
Donor/Funder USAID logo United States Agency for International Development (USAID)