New Publication of the World Bank “Public-Private Partnerships for Health in Vietnam: Issues and Options”

This book published by the World Bank describes the nature of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the health sector in Vietnam. It defines health-related PPPs, describes their key characteristics, and develops a taxonomy of the different types of PPPs that exist in practice, illustrated by international examples. It also assesses the regulatory and institutional framework for the health PPP program in Vietnam, as well as financing and accountability mechanisms for PPPs at its national and subnational levels. It provides an overview of the PPP project pipeline in Vietnam and analyzes important issues in the health PPPs’ design, preparation, and implementation, using eight case studies involving projects in different phases of the project cycle. This book also examines barriers that have hampered the successful design and implementation of health care PPPs in Vietnam. These barriers may be broadly categorized as barriers in the PPP policy and regulatory framework, in the public sector, in the private sector, and in the financial sector. It proposes feasible and actionable recommendations so that the government can consider tackling the identified barriers and advance the successful design and implementation of health PPPs.

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Bringing together public and private sectors to lead a mental health and suicide prevention response during COVID-19

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Through the Mental Health & Suicide Prevention National Response to COVID-19 (National Response), diverse partners are bringing their best in science, innovation, and leadership to create sustainable and comprehensive solutions to the mental health impacts of this pandemic.

As a national convener, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance)—the US nation’s public-private partnership—is mobilizing diverse sectors to collectively lead a coordinated mental health and suicide prevention response effort during and in the aftermath of COVID-19.

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ADB Partners with Bangladesh to Support Health Care Public–Private Partnerships

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On 10 December 2019 the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Bangladesh today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly promote public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the country’s health care sector.

“PPPs have the potential to unlock greater private sector investments and efficiencies to complement ongoing government initiatives to improve the quality and affordability of health care in Bangladesh,” said Mr. Parkash. “PPPs can bring genuine improvements to health systems and we’re very pleased to expand our collaboration with Bangladesh into this crucial sector.”

Public health in Bangladesh has improved significantly in recent decades due to high immunization, reduced infant and maternal mortality, and lower fertility rates. PPPs can provide affordable and quality services to prevent and manage NCDs, and be an alternative to public sector spending to build and operate hospitals and health education facilities.

Under the MOU, ADB’s Office of Public–Private Partnership will identify, prepare, and implement projects under PPP arrangements including in priority areas such as diagnostics and dialysis services. ADB will provide holistic support through the Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility (AP3F), which can provide integrated support for capacity building, development of standardized templates for procurement and contracting, creation of a potential health care project pipeline, and transaction advisory services.

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