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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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Monday, November 24, 2014

NexThought Monday – Unlocking Mobile Data: Regulatory and privacy issues prevent metadata use from realizing its full potential

By Jake Kendall

African countries are not data-rich environments but, because of high mobile phone use, they could be. And that data could be used to track, among other things, importation routes for infectious disease, patterns of migration or economic transactions.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Moving the Sanitation Needle: On World Toilet Day, it's time to talk about some creative, unlikely collaborations

By Charisma Murari

There is perhaps no time like right now to “celebrate” World Toilet Day in India, where the new government’s efforts to crack the open defecation problem have generated a lot of incredibly promising initial commitments.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Solution is Born: Student's inflatable incubator design wins James Dyson Award, offers answers for developing world

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

A university class assignment results in a portable incubator that can be manufactured and delivered for about $400 U.S., doesn’t require electricity and includes a phototherapy light to help treat jaundice.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The India Sterilization Tragedy: Highlighting the need for better choices, safer procedures

By Prashant Yadav and Dr. James Bernstein

There is very little attention being paid to a clear, immediate reason for the danger of these sterilization procedures in India – use of un-sterilized surgical equipment.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Twitter Top Ten - 11/16/14: Our favorite tweets of the week

By NextBillion Editor

After a successful pilot period, our Twitter Top Ten makes its debut today as a permanent feature, with ten great tweets selected by NextBillion's editorial staff. Thank you to everyone who's provided feedback, encouragement and retweets to this feature - we're glad the response has been so positive.


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