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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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Friday, July 25, 2014

Latrines Made Easy: iDE helping find ways to produce, sell sanitary toilets to the rural poor

By Yi Wei

Diarrheal disease, increased vulnerability of women, humiliation, discomfort and general unpleasantness were facts of everyday life in much of rural Cambodia, due to a lack of decent latrines. In a period of two years, however, the businesses that iDE works with were able to sell 100,000 latrines, lending new hope to the effort to improve sanitation worldwide.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Two Sides of the Same Coin: How India’s microfinance and health sectors can collaborate for greater impact

By Sabina Rogers and Fred Stuart

In countries like India, microfinance can be a valuable tool for providing the financing that the poor need to maintain their health. And for microfinance to achieve its goal of providing financial security to the poor, it has to address health security. Sabina Rogers of the Microcredit Summit Campaign describes how the two sectors could collaborate to expand health care access to hundreds of millions.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Be an International Dealmaker: Market nudges are building global vaccine markets

By Angela Rastegar Campbell and Ya’ir Aizenman

Vaccines are effective and relatively inexpensive health interventions but, for a variety of reasons, many potential vaccines are never developed, distributed or tailored to work effectively in the Global South. Recent risk reduction measures, however, show promise toward reducing vaccine prices and increasing access while engaging manufacturers and stimulating innovation in the market.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Power of Social Accountability: Overcoming bottlenecks to accelerate family planning

By Caroline Poirrier

More than 60 million unintended pregnancies every year put girls and women at serious risk of death or disability during pregnancy and childbirth, and unsafe abortion. That's why it's important to hold global leaders accountable for the financial and policy commitments they've made to accelerate family planning.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

‘Sustainability’ Remains the Holy Grail: But the road to achieving it is paved with divergent visions

By Adam Lewis

When global health leaders gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Partners’ Forum to shape the post-2015 agenda for maternal and child health, sustainability was much discussed as a chief element in ending preventable deaths. But just below the surface lay a truth even more profound: Sustainability manifests differently for just about everyone.


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