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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, July 2, 2015

Integrating NCDs Into Post-2015 Agenda: A shared value approach to addressing non-communicable diseases in Africa

By Mark Mallon

Non-communicable diseases account for two out of three deaths and half of all disability worldwide, with cardiovascular disease specifically killing more Africans over age 30 than any other condition. Despite this growing threat, the resources devoted to curbing NCDs are woefully insufficient to the challenge.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sterilization Trumps Disposable: Pre-packaged instruments place ‘huge burden’ on remote facilities

By Dr. James Bernstein and Dr. Iko Ibanga

Considering the fact that the basic principles behind sterilization were understood in the 19th century, we are long overdue for a technological revolution that will make it available everywhere, starting with portable, power-free sterilization. Safe basic surgery is not a luxury, it is care that virtually every human being will need at some point in their lives.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Industry Emerging from the Rubble in Haiti: How building skills locally through community networks can create sustainable businesses

By Wayne L. Firestone

Throughout the street markets in Port-au-Prince, a growing corps of entrepreneurs – mostly women – is helping the fuel-efficient stove market take root, showing how empowered local businesses, even in the poorest and most difficult-to-navigate environments, can create sustainable enterprises that employ and train local workers.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Weekly Roundup – The Pope Pulls No Punches: Controversial encyclical puts spotlight on BoP and reboots debate

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

Pope Francis touched a nerve with the encyclical that he issued Thursday. More importantly, he shined a light on economic inequality. And, as one of the world’s most powerful people, it’s an incredibly bright spotlight.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Launching Products that Meet Needs: Addressing market demand through user-centered development

By Patricia Coffey and Maggie Kilbourne-Brook

Health care products generated through a holistic process that starts with good product development, and incorporates public health and commercialization perspectives throughout the process, are more likely to meet the needs of the intended user groups and other key stakeholders.


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