The HIPS Project: Extending Health Care Through the Private Sector in Uganda

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For many hard-to-reach populations in Uganda, the private sector is the primary point of care. A recent study of the health-seeking behaviors of rural and poor Ugandans found that the majority of those surveyed use private clinics most frequently when seeking health care (Pariyo et al. 2009). Individuals choose private sector facilities for many reasons, including proximity to home, the perception that private sector health workers have better attitudes and that confidentiality and privacy are respected, and the belief that commodities are more available at private facilities.