A patient consults with a doctor at a clinic in Ethiopia. Photo by: UNICEF Ethiopia / CC BY-NC-ND

NAIROBI — While many low-income countries set their sights on achieving universal health coverage — government spending on health often does not match ambitions. To help fill the gaps, the private sector will play a key role in working to strengthen health systems, according to speakers at the Africa Healthcare Extension Summit in Nairobi last week.

In some countries, the private sector already leads health care delivery. In India, for example, about 70% of health services are provided by the private sector.

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    Sara Jerving

    Sara Jerving is Devex's East Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi. She is a reporter and producer, whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Vice News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation magazine, among others. Sara holds a master's degree in business and economic reporting from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Lorana Sullivan fellow.