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Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions for Global Health and Poverty (BK Currents)by Eric G. Bing
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Despite $21 billion spent on health-related projects, every year millions of people in poor countries die from diseases that are easy and inexpensive to prevent or cure. We know exactly what these people need, we just don’t know how to get it to them effectively. People are dying not because we can't solve a medical problem but because we can’t solve a logistics problem.
The solution is a new kind of bottom-up health care that is delivered at the source. We need micro-clinics, micro-pharmacies, and micro-entrepreneurs located in the remote, hard-to-reach communities they serve. By building a new model that "scales down" to train and incentivize health care workers in their own villages and towns, we can create an army of health professionals who can prevent tragedy at a fraction of the cost of top-down bureaucratic programs. The key is to unleash the same forces of innovation and entrepreneurship that work in first-world business cultures, and to train, aid, and incubate health workers on site.
The book is filled with practical solutions for governments, NGOs, and local and global businesses. It also contains examples of dozens of exemplary programs on the ground that are implementing these innovative solutions and saving lives.
Every four minutes, over 50 children under the age of five die. In the same four minutes, 2 mothers lose their lives in childbirth. Every year, malaria kills nearly 1.2 million people, despite the fact that it can be prevented with a mosquito net and treated for less than $1.50.
Sadly, this list goes on and on. Millions are dying from diseases that we can easily and inexpensively prevent, diagnose, and treat. Why? Because even though we know exactly what people need, we just cant get it to them. They are dying not because we cant solve a medical problem but because we cant solve a logistics problem.
In this profoundly important book, Eric G. Bing and Marc J. Epstein lay out a solution: a new kind of bottom-up health care that is delivered at the source. We need microclinics, micropharmacies, and microentrepreneurs located in the remote, hard-to-reach communities they serve. By building a new model that “scales down” to train and incentivize all kinds of health-care providers in their own villages and towns, we can create an army of on-site professionals who can prevent tragedy at a fraction of the cost of top-down bureaucratic programs.
Bing and Epstein have seen the model work, and they provide example after example of the extraordinary results it has achieved in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is a book about taking health care the last mile—sometimes literally—to prevent widespread, unnecessary, and easily avoided death and suffering. Pharmacy on a Bicycle shows how the same forces of innovation and entrepreneurship that work in first-world business cultures can be unleashed to save the lives of millions.
About the Author
Eric G. Bing lives in Dallas, TX. Marc J. Epstein lives in Houston, TX.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1--Millions are Dying Unnecessarily
Chapter 2--Using Innovative Solutions to Solve Global Challenges
Chapter 3--Let's Tackle These Diseases First
Chapter 4--Solutions for Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Chapter 5--Products and Services Already Exist
Chapter 6--WHy Haven't These Solutions Been Taken to Scale
Chapter 7--The Low-Hanging Fruit and Easy Solutions
Chapter 8--A Bit More Challenging, but Solutions Are at Hand
Chapter 9--We Can Solve this Problem, but Some Time and Effort Are Needed
Chapter 10--Getting More Bang for the Buck
Chapter 11--Overcoming the Barriers
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