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Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Project

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Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project was the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) flagship project to increase the private sector’s provision of high-quality reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, and other health services and products in developing countries. To achieve these goals SHOPS provided technical leadership in optimal private-sector strategies; explored innovative approaches to expanding and improving the private sector’s provision of priority services; synthesized and disseminated proven strategies, research findings, and tools; and provided country-level support in developing and scaling up successful private-sector approaches. As a subcontractor to Abt Associates on SHOPS, Banyan Global led innovative work to prepare youth to enter the health sector workforce, strengthening private sector educational opportunities and access to education through student financing. In Malawi and Zambia Banyan Global conducted a human resources for health assessment, examining demand for medical training by students and supply. Banyan Global conducted market research with students, exploring the potential to develop student loan products. In Tanzania and Zambia Banyan Global built the capacity of private medical training institutes to meet student needs and worked with local financial institutions to develop youth-friendly student loan products.