Public-Private Partnerships for Public Health

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Global health problems require global solutions, and public-private partnerships are increasingly called upon to provide these solutions. Such partnerships involve private corporations in collaboration with governments, international agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. They can be very productive, but they also bring their own problems. This volume examines the organizational and ethical challenges of partnerships and suggests ways to address them. How do organizations with different values, interests, ...

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Overview

Global health problems require global solutions, and public-private partnerships are increasingly called upon to provide these solutions. Such partnerships involve private corporations in collaboration with governments, international agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. They can be very productive, but they also bring their own problems. This volume examines the organizational and ethical challenges of partnerships and suggests ways to address them. How do organizations with different values, interests, and world-views come together to resolve critical public health issues? How are shared objectives and shared values created within a partnership? How are relationships of trust fostered and sustained in the face of the inevitable conflicts, uncertainties, and risks of partnership?

This book focuses on public-private partnerships that seek to expand the use of specific products to improve health conditions in poor countries. The volume includes case studies of partnerships involving specific diseases such as trachoma and river blindness, international organizations such as the World Health Organization, multinational pharmaceutical companies, and products such as medicines and vaccines. Individual chapters draw lessons from successful partnerships as well as troubled ones in order to help guide efforts to reduce global health disparities.

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Michael R. Reich is Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.

James E. Austin is Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration and Chair of the Initiative on Social Enterprise at the Harvard Business School.

Diana Barrett is Senior Lecturer in the area of Social Enterprise at the Harvard Business School.

A. G. Breitenstein is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Kent Buse is Assistant Professor of International Health at Yale University School of Medicine.

Laura Frost is a Principal with Global Health Insights, LLC.

Tomoko Fujisaki is a representative for Management Sciences for Health, Inc., in Japan.

Adetokunbo O. Lucas is Adjunct Professor of International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Sheila M. McCarthy is a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

William Muraskin is Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College, City University of New York.

Clement S. Roberts is a lawyer with the firm Keker and Van Nest in San Francisco, CA.

Marc Roberts is Professor of Political Economy and Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Gill Walt is Professor of International Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: Public-Private Partnerships for Public Health 1
Ch. 2 Public-Private Partnerships: Illustrative Examples 19
Ch. 3 Cross-Sector Collaboration: Lessons from the International Trachoma Initiative 41
Ch. 4 The Ethics of Public-Private Partnerships 67
Ch. 5 A Partnership for Ivermectin: Social Worlds and Boundary Objects 87
Ch. 6 The Last Years of the CVI and the Birth of the GAVI 115
Ch. 7 The World Health Organization and Global Public-Private Health Partnerships: In Search of "Good" Global Governance 169
Contributors 197
Index 199
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