Life Without Cola: ColaLife founder Berry says anti-diarrhea effort didn’t need Coca-Cola’s distribution system, after all
For 20 years, Simon Berry dreamed of including life-saving anti-diarrhea medicine in Coca-Cola crates. After the dream came true with ColaLife, however, he discovered that the piggyback method was actually a constraint; people were buying more anti-diarrhea kits than Coke.
Anti-Counterfeit Technologies Can Save Your Supply Chain: New products help overcome delivery challenges in emerging market health systems
Counterfeit drugs kill hundreds of thousands every year. Technologies designed to help alleviate this problem also have have relevance in supply chains and delivery challenges.
Inconvenient Truths: How a microscope lens for phones might improve health and hygiene in developing countries
College student Thomas Larson invented stick-on microscope lenses for mobile phones that might have some interesting applications in global development, such as assessing just what is in the water.
The Right Way to Talk About Money: Ignacio Mas discusses the impact words can have on financial behaviors at the BoP
Words can have a major impact on the way people think and feel about their money, says Ignacio Mas. In this Q&A with Mercy Corps’ Kyla Yeoman, he discusses how financial service providers should take customers’ psychological needs into account when designing products - and how the words used to describe these products can affect the way they’re used.
“There is a seismic shift happening in the global healthcare industry. The overarching trend is to integrate and move information to the right person or system at the right time — whether it's a provider's staff, external service provider, or the consumer (patient or prospect),”said Sudhanshu Bhandari, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research.
The Health Finance and Governance project has identified 18 mobile money innovations that are being adopted by different types of programs across public, private and non-state sectors in health.
(With Video) Beyond the Prototype: Wello’s CEO on product design, understanding customers and advice for social entrepreneurs
Cynthia Koenig, CEO of Wello, whose flagship product is a rolling water tank, advises against getting too reliant on a series of check boxes when it comes to measuring impact. In a video interview with NB, she talks about prototyping the next generation of the device, designed for BoP customers.
Know Thy Hospital: Engineers and entrepreneurs are rethinking medical device design, and the world could be healthier as a result
Well-meaning individuals and organizations from high-income countries often donate medical equipment – mostly used – to hospitals in low-resource settings. But it often fails because it isn’t designed for the "predictable unpredictability" of these settings. Mike Miesen argues that we need innovative devices designed for the needs of the customer, not the donor.