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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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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Taking Technology to the Last Mile: After seeing inequities in rural health care in India, Sujay Santra invented iKure

By Sreyashi Dey

Sujay Santra discusses why he founded iKure, why he set it up as a social entreprenership and some of the challenges the organization's encountered in the past five years.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

‘There is a Democratization of Health Care Going on Around the World’: IPIHD annual forum yields lessons on empowerment, tools and location

By Anne Katharine Wales

The highlight of the 2015 IPIHD annual forum for many attendees was meeting the organization's new cohort of innovators who are working around the world on problems such as health education for family members of inpatients, menstrual health, emergency training for health workers and new ways of delivering care through community kiosks.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Twitter Top Ten

By NextBillion Editor

A new treasure trove of financial inclusion data. A significant milestone for the B Corp movement. And to coincide with tax day in the U.S., a handy guide on where to donate - and a thought-provoking post on the surprising way America's tax system benefits the poor. These are just a few of the highlights of this week's Twitter Top 10.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Innovation to Impact: At Skoll, exploring why so many global health interventions have failed to expand beyond the pilot level

By Nora Petty

Participants in a discussion at the Skoll World Forum agreed that when it comes to strengthening health systems, alternative financing models which support long-term, systems-level approaches, could have large payoffs.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Better Way to Pay for R&D? (Part 2): Pilot projects designed to help get Health Impact Fund 'across the finish line'

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

After pilot projects have shown the Health Impact Fund really works, Professor Thomas Pogge says, "It will not be difficult to get some far-sighted – and cash-strapped – governments to become HIF supporters. And an agreement to create the HIF might then be reached, perhaps at a G20 meeting."


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