Shifting the Paradigm in Indian Health Care: Results will follow when delivery, drug, device and diagnosis innovations occur simultaneously
Indian health care continues to face challenges of affordability, availability and quality, but a growing number of enterprises are changing the landscape by addressing inefficiencies in the market. When delivery, drug, device and diagnosis innovations occur simultaneously, the Indian health care market will witness a paradigm shift.
NexThought Monday – Innovation Overkill: Why product innovation in financial inclusion isn’t always the right move
All the renewed talk about product innovation and a client-centric approach in financial inclusion may overlook two important points, says MicroSave’s Graham Wright. First, there are important differences between market leaders and followers. And second, moving through the product development continuum isn’t easy. For some companies, he suggests, it’s better to copy than to innovate.
Diarrheal disease, increased vulnerability of women, humiliation, discomfort and general unpleasantness were facts of everyday life in much of rural Cambodia, due to a lack of decent latrines. In a period of two years, however, the businesses that iDE works with were able to sell 100,000 latrines, lending new hope to the effort to improve sanitation worldwide.
Mobilizing TB Lab Services: Portalabs offer high-quality diagnostic capacity at less cost than traditional facilities
TB laboratories are expensive to build, staff and maintain. New portable facilities address these problems and might offer scalable lab services in low- and middle-income countries.
When you’re a subsistence farmer in drought-stricken regions of East Africa, gambling on what crop to plant is a life-and-death wager for your family. Ellen Metzger, with Village Enterprise, details the organization’s new SMART system - an Android phone enabled program designed to help farmers in Uganda and Kenya make planting decisions based on what’s likely to be most profitable.
The Science of Dirt (Part 2): High hopes for the scalability of $12 water micro-filters made of natural elements
Serial social entrepreneur Chandrasekaran Jayaraman is making and selling all-natural water micro-filters in India, and believes that his market might eventually include the world. This is the second of a two-part Q&A.
The Science of Dirt (Part 1): Entrepreneur building and selling affordable, electricity-free water filters made with clay, sand and sawdust in India
While traveling in India, Chandrasekaran Jayaraman saw firsthand that most villages did not have good drinking water or good toilets. After determining that the problem was fixable, he set to work refining the government’s patented technology to make water micro-filters using clay. This is the first of a two-part Q&A.
Five Ways to Make Electronic Delivery of Social Transfers Work for the Poor: Insights from CGAP’s recent Focus Note
Cash transfers are an increasingly popular tool to provide assistance to the poor, with nearly 174 million individuals in 43 countries receiving them. E-payments could improve the effectiveness of social transfers, but it’s very difficult to implement them effectively. A recent study conducted by Bankable Frontier Associates explores four programs on the cutting edge of designing and implementing e-payments in low-income settings.