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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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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Twitter Top Ten - 5-3-15: #Nepal

By NextBillion Editor

Normally we recognize ten tweets each Sunday that stood out to us from the week gone by. This week we're doing 11 - including one on a point of hope for Nepal, one week after the devastating earthquake has taken so many lives and left so many more uncertain.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Power of Texting: How a simple text message can make the difference between success and failure for social initiatives

By Roxanne Bauer

Mobile phones are increasingly prevalent throughout the world, and researchers have found that sending text message reminders can help people follow through with their intentions, significantly increasing the success of development interventions. Roxanne Bauer explores the impact of text reminders on malaria treatment and savings initiatives, and discusses the science behind the approach.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

NCDs Threatening Health Insurance: Innovations, partnerships offer ways to mitigate the impact

By Jeanna Holtz

Non-communicable diseases have become the leading cause of death and disability worldwide​, carrying immense implications for insurance programs. However, ​there are opportunities​ for public and private insurers to create and expand disease detection and management systems to mitigate the incidence and effect of NCDs.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Taking Technology to the Last Mile: After seeing inequities in rural health care in India, Sujay Santra invented iKure

By Sreyashi Dey

Sujay Santra discusses why he founded iKure, why he set it up as a social entreprenership and some of the challenges the organization's encountered in the past five years.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

‘There is a Democratization of Health Care Going on Around the World’: IPIHD annual forum yields lessons on empowerment, tools and location

By Anne Katharine Wales

The highlight of the 2015 IPIHD annual forum for many attendees was meeting the organization's new cohort of innovators who are working around the world on problems such as health education for family members of inpatients, menstrual health, emergency training for health workers and new ways of delivering care through community kiosks.


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