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Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS)

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SHOPS is 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 and AIDS, and other health services and products in developing countries. To achieve these goals SHOPS provides technical leadership in optimal private-sector strategies; explores innovative approaches to expanding and improving the private sector’s provision of priority services; synthesizes and disseminates proven strategies, research findings, and tools; and provides country-level support in developing and scaling up successful private-sector approaches. As a subcontractor to Abt Associates on SHOPS, Banyan Global led the access to the access to finance component of the project.  Banyan Global provided technical assistance to financial institutions to lend to the health sector; supported the structuring and utilization of USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) guarantee to share risk with local banks; developed business training and consulting services for private health providers to improve business and financial management capacity; and improved market linkages through private sector trade fairs and association capacity building. Banyan Global also worked to support human resources for health by strengthening private medical training institutions and exploring options to expand medical student financing. Banyan Global worked in Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Senegal, Benin, Uganda, Kenya, and Bangladesh through the SHOPS project.

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