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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, December 18, 2014

‘One Foot on a Glacier and the Other on a Bullet Train’: Forum participants discuss moving mHealth toward national health system integration

By Lane Goodman

With so many apps and intervention techniques available in the private and public sectors, there is now more than ever a greater focus on these applications’ abilities to integrate and work as a system. When multiple structures are integrated into a single comprehensive design, governments can plan health systems that connect electronic and mobile interventions.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Champions of the Toilet: The best way to solve open defecation, the authors say, is to focus on demand, not construction

By NextBillion Editor

Access to toilets doesn’t always fix the problem of open defecation; in fact, partial coverage generates insignificant health benefits. Therefore, to address India’s malnutrition and health crisis, it is important to promote widespread adoption of toilet use.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Twitter Top Ten - 12/14/14: Our favorite tweets of the week

By NextBillion Editor

As we move one step closer to the end of the year, we've got a full slate of interesting tweets from the past week. They include some encouraging investments and new partnerships, important new research, and an intriguing reply from Safaricom to a recent NextBillion post. As always, if you see anything you like, be sure to retweet it.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Wireless Wallets Open Up Health, Education Models: Early observations from two sectors in Kenya harnessing mobile money

By Abeba Taddese

While M-Pesa is not as commonly used in Kenya's social sectors as one would expect, Bridge International Academies and Penda Health currently use mobile money to extend education and health services to the poor. An on-the-ground evaluation found many differences between the programs but some similarities, too, and opportunities to learn.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Open Eyes, Open Source: Peek's low-cost ophthalmoscope looks to gain traction, expertise through collaborations

By Stewart Jordan

Peek Retina, a low-cost ophthalmoscope adapter, will operate on a split pricing model. NGOs and health institutions operating in low-income countries will be able to purchase the adapter at a reduced price, while it will be sold at a higher price in high-resource settings.


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