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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, December 24, 2014

What Was 2014's Most Influential Post?: You tell us - VOTE

By Scott Anderson — WDI

In 2014, we published more than 570 blog posts. Now it's your turn. We need your vote for NextBillion’s annual Most Influential Post contest. Last year’s contest attracted more than 16,000 ballots. That was huge – we’d be thrilled to do even better this year if we can. So please vote early and vote often. You can vote once a day, and for multiple posts if you choose. Please share this link or the contest link itself with your friends, family and colleagues.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tiered vs. Equitable Pricing: Why Access to Medicine Index 2014 takes societal needs, affordability into account

By Tara Prasad

The lead researcher with the Access to Medicine Index, which ranks pharmaceutical companies’ efforts to improve access to medicine for priority diseases in developing countries, explains how and why the Index’s pricing methodology evolved from measuring tiered-pricing strategies to measure what the Index terms “equitable pricing strategies” instead.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

More Than Credit: Can microfinance also deliver affordable health care?

By Isabel Whisson and Moonmoon Shehrin

Poor people should have greater demand for health coverage than any other market, but the microfinance sector has had difficulty convincing poor people to pay insurance premiums. In response, BRAC launched its own health loan pilot – the “medical treatment loan” – by partnering its microfinance and health programs in Bangladesh.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

‘One Foot on a Glacier and the Other on a Bullet Train’: Forum participants discuss moving mHealth toward national health system integration

By Lane Goodman

With so many apps and intervention techniques available in the private and public sectors, there is now more than ever a greater focus on these applications’ abilities to integrate and work as a system. When multiple structures are integrated into a single comprehensive design, governments can plan health systems that connect electronic and mobile interventions.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Twitter Top Ten - 12/14/14: Our favorite tweets of the week

By NextBillion Editor

As we move one step closer to the end of the year, we've got a full slate of interesting tweets from the past week. They include some encouraging investments and new partnerships, important new research, and an intriguing reply from Safaricom to a recent NextBillion post. As always, if you see anything you like, be sure to retweet it.


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