Private support of public health

Roger Detels and Sheena G. Sullivan

in Oxford Textbook of Public Health

Fifth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199218707
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199609673 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Private support of public health

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Although private funding of health initiatives has existed for some time, in recent years, private investment in health, particularly in developing countries, has increased considerably and has often resulted in improvements in health and alleviation of suffering. However, the donation of large sums of money to address one or a handful of health problems can have, and has occasionally had, unintended repercussions in developing nations. Left unchecked, cause-specific funding may undermine the public health systems of these countries, rather than improving them. The purpose of this chapter is to present the positive and negative aspects of private funding of public health and to make suggestions to minimize the harmful unintended negative impacts and to maximize positive outcomes of donor investments in public health.

Chapter.  4294 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Public Health

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