How PEPFAR’s Public-Private Partnerships Achieved Ambitious Goals, From Improving Labs to Strengthening Supply Chains

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By: Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Senior Partner, Rabin Martin and Gary M. Cohen, Executive Vice President, BD

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is widely recognized as one of the most ambitious and successful bilateral programs in global health. Less widely known is just how central private sector engagement has been to PEPFAR’s success.

“How PEPFAR’s Public-Private Partnerships Achieved Ambitious Goals, From Improving Labs to Strengthening Supply Chains,” an article for the leading health policy journal Health Affairs, examines key collaborations that grew out of the program identifies what made them so effective.

The essay explores three major PEPFAR partnerships – Together for Girls, the Supply Chain Management System, and the laboratory systems strengthening initiative – and identifies the ingredients necessary for effective programs: ambitious goals, enlisting global and local partners, cultivating a culture of collaboration, careful planning, continuous monitoring and evaluation, and measuring outcomes systematically. The findings indicate that the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and PEPFAR should continue to strengthen their capacity for multi-sectoral partnerships, learning from experience and identifying new ways to make the most efficient use of taxpayer resources, expand proven interventions more rapidly, and help ensure the sustainability of key programs.

For a copy of the article, please contact Tina Flores.

08 July 2012
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