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What can we learn by looking at enterprises that seek to address health delivery challenges?
MIT students share their observations of front-line organizations

Modern medicine could reduce disease greatly, yet fails to reach millions in Africa and elsewhere. Innovations in technology, process, and finance may help address the delivery challenges. At MIT Sloan’s Business Models for Scale and Sustainability in Global Health class, we analyze business models and performance of organizations that aim to provide healthcare to the poor amid challenging constraints to understand what may differentiate successful enterprises from those that fall short.

In our first offering of the class in late 2010, we explored novel solutions and new business models for delivering health care in resource limited settings, pairing case studies of what works with an exploration of bottlenecks in care delivery. The class aim was to examine what we learn from applying a business and management lens to what global health experts call the implementation gap.

With this aim in mind, we asked student teams to choose and analyze an organization that [click to continue…]

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business models in global health: Village Health Works

May 12, 2011

Delivering care in one the world’s poorest countries Student observations on Village Health Works’ participatory care model In late 2010, a small team of MIT students took a look at the organization from the outside and, as a course assignment, prepared an executive summary aimed at its board of directors. This article presents their overview more »

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business models in global health: LivingGoods

May 10, 2011

Health-business-in-a-bag Student observations on LivingGoods’ model and future strategies by Vishal Gupta, Jenny Hu, Kevin Kung, and Awilda Mendez In late 2010, a small team of MIT students took a look at the organization from the outside and, as a course assignment, prepared an executive summary aimed at its board of directors. This article presents more »

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Notes from the classroom: A student team reflects on what they learned from working with a hospice in Kipkaren, Kenya

April 30, 2011

Dateline: April 22, 2011 Location: Cambridge, MA Via ghdLAB, a team of four MIT graduate students (all MBA candidates; one also a Masters of Science in Engineering candidate) worked with a faith-based organization, Living Room International, in rural western Kenya this Spring. As our class comes to a close, each team put together a thank-you more »

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ghdLAB and our work in global health delivery

March 15, 2011

Mind, hand, management and health care How global health delivery connects to MIT Sloan’s mission Modern medicine could reduce disease greatly, yet fails to reach millions. Innovations in management may help address the constraints. We focus on organizations on the front lines of care delivery, studying the issues, interacting with experts, and connecting students with more »

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country briefing: Uganda – health

September 1, 2010

Kyetume Team- Yuko Amizaki, Terry Hu, Shirley Li, Jeongyeon Shim for Global Health Delivery Lab, February 2011 Health Indicators, prevalence of diseases, other measures Major Infectious Diseases: Degree of risk: very high Food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea hepatitis A typhoid fever Vectorborne diseases: malaria plague African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) Water contact disease: schistosomiasis (bilharzia) more »

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country briefing: Uganda – culture

September 1, 2010

Uganda History and Recent Events Pre-colonial Uganda The oldest inhabitants of Uganda were indigenous hunter gatherers, but between approximately 500 BC and 1000 AD multiple populations migrated to the region and created a diverse ethnic make-up.  These populations introduced agriculture and cattle-herding, contributing to the early economic development of the region.  By the 16th century, more »

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country briefing: South Africa – health

September 1, 2010

Team: Eric Berger, Tara Thomas, Heather Vital, and Anne Wang for GHD Lab, February 22, 2011 Instructor: Professor Anjali Sastry; TA: Lilian Tse Health Indicators, Prevalence of Diseases, Other Measures South Africa’s health landscape is extraordinarily dynamic especially due to the ravaging effects of HIV.  In 2007, the WHO estimated that 17.64% of the population more »

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