Social Franchising Community of Practice

Investigator: Dominic Montagu, DrPH
Sponsor: Results for Development Institute


For the past five years, the Global Health Group's Private Sector Healthcare Initiative has been surveying clinical social franchising programs around the world to learn where and how they work, what health services they specialize in, who they serve, and what their health impact is.

Clinical social franchising is a model for organizing networks of private providers to deliver a range of standards-based health services under a common brand. This approach to standardizing the provision of healthcare among disparate private providers is rapidly gaining traction.

Programs have proliferated around the world, and they have moved well beyond the locations, health service areas, and implementation models that dominated the landscape just 10 years ago. Learn about the programs, their reach, and impact in the newly released Clinical Social Franchising Compendium, an annual survey of programs: findings from 2012.

In 2012, there were 74 programs operating in 40 countries. Of the 59 programs where survey data was reported, there were 66,000+ healthcare providers enrolled in social franchising networks. They specialized in the franchising of services for maternal and child health, HIV, TB, sexually transmitted infections and family planning, with a marked emphasis on the last service area. Approximately 11,520,100 total visits to franchise outlets were recorded.