IFC's Work in Health

Our investments and advisory services foster best practices in health care and life sciences, promote the deployment of innovative technologies, and advance quality care. IFC also participates in several public-private partnerships in health care.

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In line with its global strategy for health, nutrition and population, the World Bank Group supports countries’ efforts to achieve universal health coverage through stronger primary health systems and provide quality, affordable health services to everyone — regardless of their ability to pay.

The impact of IFC clients in 2021:

  • 41.8 M
    Patients served
  • 284.5 K
    Jobs supported

At a Glance

IFC has an active portfolio of $3.5 billion in health care companies in emerging markets. Through these investments, IFC helps private providers meet the soaring demand for health care and supports governments in their goal of reaching Universal Health Coverage by 2030. 

In FY22, our new long-term commitments in health and education totaled about $978 million, including $168 million mobilized from other investors.

Focus Areas

Digital Solutions

IFC helps scale up digital delivery of essential services in healthcare. We use replicable approaches that transfer proven delivery models from one region to another helping clients achieve business results with significant development impact.

Health Quality

Across the developing world, poor quality healthcare is estimated to cause more preventable deaths every year than insufficient access to treatment. IFC focuses on improving quality of care in low- and middle-income countries.

Thought Leadership

IFC works to spread awareness of innovative investments, business practices, and industry best practices that help the private sector fulfill its critical role in supporting universal health coverage goals.

Public Private Partnerships

We believe that governments must play a leading role in managing healthcare systems. Nonetheless, the private sector has a critical role to play. IFC helps governments leverage the expertise and efficiency of the private sector, raise capital, and spur development. 


Insights & Reports

Stories of Impact