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How much leeway do recipients of aid or funding have in deciding priorities?

December 7, 2009

For countries that depend on aid for healthcare, the issues surrounding how the money is spent–and programs what it goes to–are complex and challenging. Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the intersection of US interests in addressing specific health problems with recipient nations’ own desired areas of focus. In the case of more »

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Marketing to the poor

November 23, 2009

OK, so the title is enough to make you shiver: it smacks of making money off the poor and at least hints at exploitation.  That’s not what we want. Yet what we have learned, from our admittedly small sample of projects in sub-Saharan Africa, that many clinics, programs, and hospitals operating in conditions of excess more »

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The fortune in healthcare at the bottom of the pyramid

November 23, 2009

We had a fascinating series of discussions about the potential for business models for addressing unmet needs for healthcare in resource-limited settings. To frame the discussion, we considered C. K. Prahalad’s framework, looking first at one of the earliest presentations of the ideas in a piece coauthored with Stu Hart: “The Fortune at the Bottom more »

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The balanced scorecard as a practical tool for global health delivery

November 14, 2009

Student teams are hard at work on collaborative projects designed to address bottlenecks that limit the delivery of health care in the five countries in sub-Saharan Africa where our dozen teams are working with host organizations this year. What tools from the MBA toolkit will they draw on? Many of our efforts address management, improvement, more »

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Stockout activism

October 31, 2009

How to deliver more, and better, health care in resource-limited settings? At the MIT Sloan School of Management, we treat the question as an academic one, but we’re not just academic. We’re also involved in action because we work directly with organizations on the front lines of delivering health care in sub-Saharan Africa to deliver more »

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Riders for Health as a radically incremental innovation in health care delivery

October 16, 2009

We all agree that Riders for Health are pretty cool–Ducati are sponsors, and the pictures and videos on their website make us wish we could hang out with them. But Riders also offers us a model for global health delivery worth exploring in detail. The organization is successful in their focused approach: they deliver motorcycle more »

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Health care at scale via community health workers

October 13, 2009

Can clever models for delivering health care within the community enable care to reach the poorest? How much can wise ways of enrolling health workers into the care delivery effort address the apparently massive shortage of RNs, MDs, technical experts and other trained personnel?  According to the WHO: Health workers are all people whose main more »

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CFWshops: The Subway of Global Health Delivery?

October 2, 2009

CFWshops is a business-format franchise of retail clinics operating in Kenya (and now Rwanda, Ghana, and Uganda). Our guide: CFW board member and expert on franchising–he actually wrote the book!–Michael Seid. We are are deeply grateful that came all the way to MIT to join us and it was fascinating to hear his take on more »

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