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Development Impact — Health Sector



We aim to help develop socially responsible private health care and make a difference in people’s lives by:

Supporting investment in health infrastructure and services:

  • As of January 1, 2013, IFC provided more than $2.2 billion in financing to 164 private health care and life sciences projects in 56 countries. Currently, IFC has 86 active health care and life sciences projects across all regions.

Supporting investment in the poorest countries to spur sustainable growth:

  • Thirty-one IFC health projects (32 percent) were in IDA (International Development Association) countries, which are considered the world's poorest developing countries.

Increasing access to health care:

  • IFC-supported health facilities treat 7.9 million patients yearly.

Providing employment opportunities for local health professionals:

  • IFC-supported health care facilities employ about 36,000 people in developing countries.

Raising standards:

  • Twelve IFC clients have achieved international-quality accreditation, such as Joint Commission International and a number of others are in the process of doing so.

Sharing best practice:

  • IFC organizes numerous events and learning opportunities including our bi-annual International Private Health Care Conference, which brings our clients together with thought leaders from business, health care, and academia. Presentations of previous IFC-organized conferences can be viewed at Events/Presentations.

Collaborating with development institutions worldwide:

  • We support investment in the private health sector through collaboration with other leading development institutions, including the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, Proparco, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Influencing health policy:

  • We bring together health professionals and policy makers through numerous conferences and seminars aimed at exploring public-private collaboration and partnerships.

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