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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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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Health workers as mobile money agents?: Digital Campus working on a business model that explores the synergies

By Pamela Riley

A major barrier to mobile money uptake is the lack of a well-trained agent network to serve and address the financial needs of the community, with the greatest effects felt in remote areas. One way to address this challenge is to explore synergies between community health workers and mobile money agents.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Specialist Eye Care, Anywhere: Vula Mobile app enables rural health workers to conduct eye tests, consultations

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

The Vula app was developed when Dr. William Mapham, an ophthalmologist working in rural Swaziland, noted that poor communication between hospitals and outlying clinics meant that patients were often not referred to the eye clinic when they should have been.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Twitter Top Ten – 3/29/15

By NextBillion Editor

New partnerships. New data. New funding opportunities - even a (discouraging) new Twitter hashtag. This week in global development and social enterprise featured plenty of interesting stories, which generated no shortage of online chatter. We've sampled a bit of it, as always, in this top ten list.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Weekly Roundup – Taking Issue with the Meaning (and Quantity) of Global Health Verbiage

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

The Weekly Roundup examines the precise nature of health care language, the imprecise Sustainable Development Goals, plus some possbily "magic" powder.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strengthening Markets for Reproductive Health: PATH says partnerships show there's room for the private sector

By Amie Batson

Amie Batson, PATH's chief strategy officer, says her organization's public-private partnerships demonstrate that there is room for the private sector to participate in developing and sustaining a viable market for reproductive health commodities, bringing a high return at low cost.


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