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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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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Separating Potential from Panacea: USAID's primer offers a disciplined approach to market shaping

By Amy Lin

While market shaping can be transformative, it's not a cure-all. USAID's primer offers a disciplined approach to examining a health product market and evaluating whether and how market shaping could increase access for end users.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gates Foundation Alters Course in Pursuit of Breakthroughs: New Grand Challenges reflect that innovation and scale go hand in hand

By Shreya Shirude

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted its Grand Challenges Annual Meeting last week and announced three new challenges ... with a twist. Going forward, applicants will be required to partner with manufacturers, biomedical companies or others with expertise in product development before Gates will fund a project.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

NexThought Monday – Warby Parker Blurring Lines Between 'Social' and 'Business': Glasses firm takes BOGO model to new heights

By Adam Lewis

The "buy one, give one" model allows companies to tap into the formerly unrequited millennial desire to do good from a distance – and with style. Dozens of companies have adopted the strategy. Among them, the author says, Warby Parker does it best.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Twitter Top Ten - 10-26-14: Our favorite tweets of the week

By NextBillion Editor

We're continuing what we're calling a "pilot feature" here at NextBillion. Each Sunday for the next three weeks, we're running a post highlighting the top tweets that crossed our editors' computer screens during the preceding week. Our goal is to highlight emerging developments in our coverage areas, while also drawing attention to some compelling voices online.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Weekly Roundup – 10/25/14: Why Ebola could spell collaboration for drugmakers and even adversarial countries

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

Amid all the finger-wagging about Ebola, two pharmaceutical giants have decided to collaborate to find a cure. What else could happen if we look at infectious diseases through a different prism?


China To Build Liberia Health System

POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tanzania looks to India to set up tele-medicine network

POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014

US sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting

POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014


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