Design Expo 2014: Online Discussion - Enhancing Health Outcomes

This online panel discussion at 3.30 UK time on Tuesday 10 June will explore the following questions:

  1. What are some of the key health challenges where business innovation can make a difference at scale?
  2. What are the key drivers for achieving better health outcomes at the base of the pyramid - is it just a matter of better products, or are the other factors such as better distribution or better community engagement?
  3. How can private sector products and distribution systems better connect with government systems?

Panelists include: Jack Castle and Carey Carpenter, Living Goods; Simon Berry, Cola Life; Erica Frenkel, Gradian Health; Ramil Burden, GlaxoSmithKline; Donika Dimovska, Program Director, Results for Development Institute; Julia Watson, DFID.

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This event is part of the Business Fights Poverty Design Expo 2014. Running from 9 to 13 June,  the Design Expo is an online celebration of products, services and business models transforming the lives of poor people.  The Design Expo is a collaboration with iDE UK and is being supported by the UK's Department for International Development.

The Expo will include a vibrant mix of blogs, Google Hangouts, online panel discussions, a Twitter Jam and a virtual exhibition zone. Each day we will focus on a different sector: Energy (9 June), Health (10 June), Communications (11 June), Livelihoods (including enterprise, finance and agriculture) (12 June) and Water & Sanitation (13 June).

From Monday 9 June, you will be able to access all the activities via the Design Expo landing page,  Participation in the Design Expo is free.  You will simply need to sign in (or sign up for free) to Business Fights Poverty.


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Erica, that's a good point. One of they key things that makes successful public-private collaboration work better is the fact that each side can identify where it adds value and how it complements what the other side is doing. For example, we recently looked into successful collaboration in the Philippines and how we’re seeing governments play a role in private sector innovation. Here is our blog on the subject.


That brings us to the end of this live session.  This has been a fantastically rich discussion!  Thanks to all our panel members for taking the time to join us today.  And thanks to all those who tuned in!

We will leave this discussion open - please feel free to continue posting comments!

Be sure to check out all the health blogs and products in the Design Expo:

Thanks all - would love to engage with anyone on these issues more. Please feel free to email at Also, check out a talk I gave on some of these issues a few years ago:

Thanks very much everyone for a great discussion. Bye for now.

Please head over now to the Twitter, where the Design Exp Twitter Jam is getting underway, using hashtag #bfpexpo - we're looking at "Designing for the Base of the Pyramid".

Thanks all -- great discussion! I look forward to following up with anyone interested in learning more about the innovations we have documented on CHMI including some of the great models that took part in the discussion today. You can visit us

Bye from me too.  Let's keep talking.

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