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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:

Follow NextBillion Health Care on Twitter @NextBillionHC.


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Twitter Top Ten - 1-25-15

By NextBillion Editor

It was an eventful week in global development - it almost always is. But this week featured a number of particularly important developments, ranging from Bill and Melinda Gates' trend-shaping annual letter, to some significant new research on microcredit's impact on poverty. These developments are featured - along with cute rats and an inspiring student - in our weekly top 10 list.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

'We Can’t Be the Only Ones' (Part 2): Jaundice-fighting D-Rev gives its views on markets and success

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

Before introducing its phototherapy units in a market, D-Rev looks beyond need to barriers to entry. Krista Donaldson, CEO, says that includes factors such as: How present is the aid industry and how does that skew the market? Are products being donated throughout the market? What are the registration costs? Regulatory requirements?

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

With Sales Up, D-Rev Doubles Down (Part 1): Launch of upgraded phototherapy unit brings hopes of expanded market

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

D-Rev sold more Brilliance Classic lights in December than ever before. But the nonprofit's hoping an upgraded unit, which has manufacturing advantages and builds in two years of feedback from the field, will sell even better.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Delicate Balance for Ruby Cup: Improving public health, keeping girls in school through menstrual hygiene management

By Mary Lowe

The Ruby Cup represents a low-cost, sustainable solution to the problem of menstrual hygiene management in the developing world. But the company that makes the cups found profitability only after shifting focus and changing its target market from the BoP to high-end customers and a buy-one/give-one business model.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Choice Exists, Even in Slums: How a Yelp-like model can benefit low-income communities

By Priya Iyer

The founder and CEO of TulaLens says a recent pilot project shows that choice exists in urban low-income settings, and crowdsourcing information can potentially be a powerful tool in these communities. The next issue for TulaLens is how to expand its reach.


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