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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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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Peer-to-Peer Learning: CHMI program will provide up to $8,000 to facilitate partnerships.

By Taara Chandani

The Center for Health Market Innovations is launching a peer-to-peer program, the CHMI Learning Exchange, designed to help organizations share knowledge around a particular need or business practice.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

The Trouble With Dirt: Floors can make people sick, so EarthEnable's founders came up with a market-based solution, but are still testing models

By Gayatri Datar

Dirt floors in the developing world make people sick. Replacing those floors with concrete isn't the answer, as it is prohibitively expensive. EarthEnable's solution: locally sourced, earthen floors that are 75 percent cheaper than the concrete alternative.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Weekly Roundup 9/5/14 – Recharging Batteries: It's good to go to conferences, even for editors

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

There's a reason groups go to such lengths to organize conferences, and people from all over the world attend them: They're a great place to recharge batteries and recalibrate goals. It works for editors, too.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

NexThought Tuesday – Debt is Good: Especially when it helps sustainably fund public health budgets in low-income countries

By Adam Bornstein and Mehreen Khalid

A new entity, the health bond, is a way to leverage the mountains of African sovereign debt coming to market over the foreseeable future, potentially raising additional funding to support public health.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Prevent the Next Health Crisis: Without vaccines, we're vulnerable not just to Ebola, but a variety of other deadly diseases

By Utibe Effiong

More than 20 million kids weren't vaccinated last year. How do we fix that problem? Dr. Utibe Effiong says we can start by engaging with more religious leaders to encourage vaccination. More importantly, we must invest in job creation to bring families out of poverty. When a family is hungry, vaccination is their last priority.


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