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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, August 27, 2015

It Pays to Pay Your Own Way: Three reasons self-funding helps lead to a successful business

By Roddy Chakaipa

Self-funding comes with challenges. When your business is strapped for cash, things go slower; you don’t have money to take care of unforeseen problems; it's hard to hire people. But the co-founder of SmartPrac says those things can be overcome and, at the end of the day, money's not the most important part of successful entrepreneurship.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekly Roundup - 8/21/15 : Private Education, Brought to You By Social Entrepreneurs

By NextBillion Editor

The Economist recently took a long look at the burgeoning private school education industry across emerging markets, and its relative benefits/weaknesses - as well as some government efforts to regulate it out of existence. Given the choice between under-resourced public schools and a generally more reliable and higher quality private education, more parents (even those with very low incomes) are opting for the market approach than ever before.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

No Cardiac Clinic? No Problem: ​Handheld electrocardiogram​ ​monitor​ designed to provide distant, affordable heart care ​

By Ashim Roy

Makers of Cardiotrack, a handheld ECG monitor, say it's easy to use, provides clinical grade output and performs predictive diagnosis to start intervention immediately, thus reducing the need for invasive intervention. Best of all, they say, is that it saves cardiologists’ time.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Weekly Roundup – 8/15/15: Coke goes fact-free in a week of missteps by multinational organizations

By NextBillion Editor

It's not easy being big. Especially when NextBillion's editors are on the lookout for Roundup fodder. This week we sharpened our elbows to take on Coke, the United Nations, Google ... and even the Catholic church. Let us know if you agree with our opinions; we'd love to run some counterpoints in an upcoming Roundup.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Rewriting the Rules for Surgery: ‘Task-shifting’ is one way to help solve the human resource problem in global health

By Drs. James Bernstein and John Sampson

Requiring the designation of “surgeon” as it is traditionally defined as a prerequisite for holding a scalpel in the developing world is simply untenable, given the relentless growth in population, the rapidly changing landscape of illness from acute to chronic, and the increasingly well-documented need for, and value of, essential surgery.


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