Scaling Impact in the Health Sector
June 1, 2013
Africa, Asia - Pacific, Europe, Latin & South America, North America
Ethics & Social Justice
developing countries, health improvements, scale sustainability, sustainability, maximize health
This essay examines possible routes to achieving significant health improvements in the underserved populations of developing countries. It argues that unconventional strategies, largely outside the health sector as conventionally defined, have the greatest potential to scale sustainably. The essay describes two such strategies—nutrition and safe drinking water. In particular, the essay argues that impact investors focused on social enterprises can best maximize their health impact by looking closely at the strategies described herein.