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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, October 1, 2015

Making Toilets, Building Communities: Social enterprises are helping solve the sanitation challenges in Kenya's informal settlements

By Esther Kahinga

Social enterprises like Sanivation and Sanergy are bringing health, safety and hygiene to informal settlements in Kenya, and that means, according to the author, fewer children will die of diarrhea. Plus, these businesses are giving people an opportunity to experience dignified life in a sustainable way.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Why the Aid Model is Perverse (Part 2): Tech startup mWater dreaming of the day health and wealth structures are under local control

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

mWater CEO Annie Feighery says, "We have to keep doing a better job at getting the word out that digital monitoring can help every single aspect of the aid industry do its job better. There are so very many malthusians out there who say things like, 'Technology is not a solution.' Imagine saying that to a librarian organizing card catalogues in 1995. Technology is the solution."

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Creating an Exit Strategy for Aid (Part 1): Nonprofit mWater, in striving to eliminate diarrheal disease, runs like a for-profit Silicon Valley startup

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

The world met the Millennium Development Goal target for water – doubling the number of improved water sources by 2015 – but that accomplishment won't save lives unless those new water sources are safe. Making sure they are is the goal of a nonprofit tech startup, mWater, that's being run like a for-profit tech startup in Silicon Valley.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekly Roundup 9-25-15: The Pope, SDGs and why VW's eco impact lies matter to social enterprise worldwide

By NextBillion Editor

The setting couldn't have been grander for Business Call to Action’s (BCtA) sixth annual forum Thursday in New York City where the Sustainable Development Goals were the focus. The streets were buzzing with anticipation of Pope Francis’ arrival later in the day, but some were disappointed with his climate change pitch. We look at both, plus what B Labs can teach VW.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Seeing Solutions Instead of Problems: What happens when 16 Changemakers come together to innovate? They hope to find out Sept. 25–27

By Magdalena Dormal

Being part of a network not only gives social entrepreneurs visibility and recognition for their innovative work, it also puts them in contact with entrepreneurs from all over the world who, like them, are implementing projects that positively impact communities. That’s the idea behind the Ashoka Globalizer Summit on Economic Inclusion taking place in Buenos Aires, Sept. 25–27.


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