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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, January 29, 2015

Promising Practices: CHMI highlights 71 pro-poor innovations improving health care around the world

By Lane Goodman

The Center for Health Market Innovations has released its annual report, "Highlights: Findings From 2014," which identifies health care programs and policies, documents and analyzes promising practices, and spotlights programs with potential for scale up and adaptation within and across borders.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Corporations are the Missing Link: Private sector is uniquely positioned to improve newborn survival in India

By Rachita Vora and Inchara Shanthappa

India accounts for 27 percent of global newborn deaths, the highest in the world. Dasra, a Mumbai-based strategic philanthropy foundation, has been conducting research which highlights a critical “missing link” that can help India address newborn survival at scale: corporates.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Peaks Unclimbed: Former Malawi President Joyce Banda discusses how the Millennium Development Goals have failed to deliver for girls and women

By Adam Lewis

According the United Nations’ official MDG Progress Chart, two of the goals lagging furthest behind are MDG 3 – which aims to promote gender equality and empower women – and MDG 5 – which aims to improve maternal health. "How can we tell (the women of the world) that their health and equality simply wasn’t a priority?” asks former Malawi President Joyce Banda in this rare interview.

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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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