Many diseases that most endanger public health are now being dealt with by private sector providers rather than public sector or not-for-profit agencies. This shift is especially marked in South and Southeast Asia where even the poor usually choose private services. Policymakers can no longer afford to ignore private healthcare's potential for achieving - or undermining - public health goals. Studies in Surat, India by researchers from the Government Medical College, Surat and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have forged new cross-sector linkages for better malaria control.
id21 Research Highlight, 13 December 1999