Engaging with health markets in low and middle-income countries

Gerald Bloom Henry Lucas Hilary Standing Annie Wilkinson
Published by
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

This paper presents a framework for analysing a pluralistic health system.

The paper introduces health markets and the pluralistic health systems of low and middle-income countries, and then focuses on potential strategies for engaging with and bringing order to these markets. Technological developments that have the potential to disrupt health markets are also explored, and the paper concludes with a brief discussion of activities for generating knowledge for more effective engagement with health-related markets.

The paper draws on the findings of several years of collaboration between the authors and partners in the DFID-funded Future Health Systems Consortium of research institutes in Africa and Asia, under the leadership of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.