National Policy for the Private ‘For Profit’ Health Sector. Sudan, 2009
(2009; 14 pages)


In Sudan, both the public and private sectors provide health care. The practitioners of these sectors practice allopathic and/or traditional medicine. The allopathic or scientific or modern health care includes the preventive, promotive, curative, and rehabilitative services. In the public sector, these services are provided by the Ministries of Health, Medical Departments of Armed Forces, Police and Security Forces, Health Insurance Organizations, and Ministry of Higher Education through their respective health outlets. The private sector, including ‘not for profit’ and ‘for profit’ has expanded rapidly during the last two decades. The former, including the Non Governmental Organizations and Faith Based Organizations, is mainly concentrated in the Southern states, Darfur, and the war affected areas of Red Sea, Kassala, Blue Nile and South Kordofan states and to a lesser degree in Khartoum in the camps for internally displaced people (IDPs). This policy, which focuses on the private ‘for profit’ health sector, is developed in the context of the interim constitution (2005), particularly keeping in view the provisions under section “National Economy” that ensures the framing of policies that encourage free market and prohibition of monopoly. But, given the unique nature of the health sector where market failures are well established, this policy will serve as an instrument to oversight and regulation by the government. Other important contextual factor is the macroeconomic stabilization policies adopted by the government in the 1990s.

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