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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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When 'Wonder Drugs' Aren't Enough: Viral hepatitis reaches watershed moment, but who will pay?

By Jeanna Holtz

Debate rages about what constitutes fair pricing practices for a lifesaving drug that could save millions of people – and how to balance affordability and access with sustained investment in R&D, company profits and responsiveness to stakeholders including patients, health care providers, payers and shareholders.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

NexThought Monday – Tapping the Potential of the World's Largest Minority: Two keys to boosting employment for 70 million disabled people in India

By Rebecca Baylor

After spending three months analyzing ongoing efforts to increase employment for people with disabilities at the base of the pyramid in India, the author saw two main problems: no collective goals have been established and there's a lack of transparent impact data demonstrating the economic and social outcomes.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Weekly Roundup 7/25/15: 'Worm Wars' and other conflicts from the past week

By NextBillion Editor

Maybe it's the heat, but as we approach the dog days of summer, people seem to be in a fighting mood. This week featured plenty of conflict, involving companies, nonprofits, politicians – and even researchers. Grab some popcorn as we cover the hostilities – and compile some memorable tweets – in this Roundup.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Calling All Innovators: Nominate a ‘ridiculously awesome’ health care entrepreneur for the Innovations in Healthcare network by Aug. 14

By Jennifer Cook

Innovations in Healthcare (formerly IPIHD) is looking for health care entrepreneurs to join its network, which currently includes 55 innovators operating in 47 countries and serving more than 7 million people. A full range of health care delivery is included – rural and urban clinics, specialty hospitals, anti-counterfeiting devices, telemedicine technologies and safe birthing kits.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

June's Most Popular Posts on NextBillion: From microfinance 'haters' to M-PESA challengers

By James Militzer — WDI

Our most-read and most-shared posts for the month of June included an impassioned riposte in the microfinance debate, an analysis of changes in Kenya's world-leading mobile money market, and appreciation for the value of health microinsurance.


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