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Private support of public health 

Private support of public health
Private support of public health

Quarraisha Abdool Karim

and Roger Detels

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date: 18 May 2022

Private funding of public health is well established. These additional resources have historically made a substantial contribution to focus attention and catalyse investments on building public health capacity globally. Further, private investment has been pivotal in increasing access to available vaccines, treatment services, and innovations in otherwise neglected diseases that contribute to substantial morbidity and mortality rates in resource-constrained settings. The increase in public–private sector partnerships highlight emerging novel approaches to advancing global public health through innovation in product development and service delivery for new and re-emerging diseases. However, some giving can inadvertently be associated with negative consequences for the recipient countries. This chapter provides an overview of the history of private giving, reflects on the benefits and challenges, and suggests how private investments could more effectively contribute to address the public health challenges of the twenty-first century and beyond.

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