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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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Monday, September 29, 2014

Customers as Partners: Medical device startup believes inclusive design process builds in loyalty, gives it a competitive advantage

By Katherine Kirsch

Sisu Global Health, a for-profit medical technology company, is seeking to take advantage of growth trends in Africa by offering devices specifically tailored toward hospitals and clinics there. The company brings in customers as partners of the designs – even at the sacrifice of some short-term profit.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy World Contraception Day: Universal access to reproductive health care would save lives, money and increase empowerment

By Kathy Calvin

More than 200 million girls and women around the world currently have an unmet need for modern contraception. That's just one reason that providing universal access to reproductive health care is one of the great human rights issues of the 21st century.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Model T Meets Development Tech: Changing the business model for global health data collection

By Dr. Joel Selanikio

There's a lack of data in international development and global health, because collection can be time-consuming and expensive. Magpi seeks to lower the cost and speed up the process through mass production and standardization; the firm's applications enable people in the field to collect data on any mobile device.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Keeping Up With Education Innovations: New portals provide insight into growing number of programs serving the world’s poor

By Donika Dimovska

The Center for Education Innovations has introduced new portals, organized by topic and country, to provide analysis, news and resources about the growing number of innovative education programs serving the world’s poor.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

How Price Discrimination is Good for Global Health (Part 2): Patricia Danzon describes how the concept, despite its theoretical upside, 'is not working very well' in practice

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

​In Part 1 of her interview with NBHC, professor Patricia Danzon of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania laid out some of the advantages of differential pricing in pharmaceuticals. In Part 2, she describes how the concept works in practice, including the key role of politics in its implementation.


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