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NextBillion Health Care is a blog and a news resource dedicated to addressing the myriad challenges and solutions in delivering health care to the base of the pyramid. The site, part of the NextBillion network, focuses on the best practices of social enterprises, health practitioners, large health systems, NGOs and multinational players, such as drug companies, supply chain systems and technology developers. It also examines public policy solutions for improving the health outcomes for low-income people around the world.

Sponsored by NextBillion’s Content Partner, Anavo Global LLC, NextBillion Health Care explores new thinking and action that ultimately improves people’s health, while doing so in a financially sustainable way.

Here are just a few of our main topic areas:

  • Rural health care delivery
  • Urban challenges
  • Innovative business models that improve access, affordability and sustainability.
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Supply chain management and efficiency
  • Improvements in patient care, vaccinations, procedures, and billing
  • Improvements in health care insurance
  • Management practices for social enterprises, e.g. retaining strong talent, attracting investors/financing, overall tips and tactics for managing an enterprise focused on health care
  • Technology: Diagnostic tools that improve health outcomes.

With NextBillion Health Care, our goal is to highlight both market-based approaches as they relate to driving change within large-scale institutions. In other words, it’s not one model versus the other, but how to bring the efficiency of markets and the scale of public systems to affect the most people.

Kyle Poplin serves as editor for the blog. He can be reached via email: kpop@umich.edu.

Follow NextBillion Health Care on Twitter @NextBillionHC.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When a Cure Isn’t Enough: Exploring the challenges of tuberculosis treatment

By Katie Jordan

Patients diagnosed with TB must undergo at least six months of consistent treatment. This extended time frame makes it difficult in some parts of the world to ensure that patients actually receive their medication. That's why Operation ASHA developed an innovative eCompliance system.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weekly Roundup (8/16/14) – Empowering the BoP. Or Not: When the few drown out the many

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

Most people on the planet are poor, but one could argue that their many voices are too often drowned out by the few. We dive into the debate.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shifting the Paradigm in Indian Health Care: Results will follow when delivery, drug, device and diagnosis innovations occur simultaneously

By Gagandeep Bakshi

Indian health care continues to face challenges of affordability, availability and quality, but a growing number of enterprises are changing the landscape by addressing inefficiencies in the market. When delivery, drug, device and diagnosis innovations occur simultaneously, the Indian health care market will witness a paradigm shift.

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Weekly Roundup (8/9/14) – Ethics and Africa: Controversy around a White House summit and an Ebola cure highlight tensions between the global north and south

By James Militzer — WDI

This week, president Obama hosted nearly 50 African leaders at the White House to strengthen business ties with the continent - provoking cautious optimism and quite a bit of criticism. Meanwhile, a new development in the Ebola scare raised questions about the inequalities between rich and poor countries.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

First Line of Defense: Innovative pharmacies are filling basic health care needs in a variety of communities

By Morgan Benson

Private pharmacies, drug stores and drug sellers are often the first point of contact for health care in low- and middle-income countries, and many are more accessible and offer better prices than hospitals. Still, there aren't enough of them to go around.

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