New Lancet series on Universal Health Coverage: markets, profit and the public good

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will host and live stream the launch of the series on 27th June 2016.

21 June 2016

The series, co-edited by RESYST research director Kara Hanson, contains four papers examining the private sector in healthcare in low- and middle-income countries. These settings often contain a highly diverse set of providers all operating privately and for profit such as:

  • spiritual and other traditional forms of healing

  • unqualified but cheap and accessible drug sellers

  • highly technical specialist hospitals

The not-for-profit sector is often also an important actor in the market place. Public providers are often dwarfed by this diverse private sector in terms of the volume of services they deliver, the number of facilities they operate, and the level of finance that is channelled through them.

To launch the new series, LSHTM will host a symposium with:

Richard Horton, The Lancet

Maureen Mackintosh, Open University

Tim Ensor, University of Leeds

Catherine Goodman, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Barbara McPake, University of Melbourne

Gerry Bloom, Institute of Development Studies

Simon Wright, Save the Children

Lizzie Smith, Department for International Development

You can watch a recording of the launch here.