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Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions to Global Health and Poverty (BK Currents) Hardcover – May 6, 2013

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“In this compelling, practical, and very human book, Bing and Epstein offer real-life solutions to ending millions of preventable deaths around the world. By integrating tools from public health, medicine, and business, they have created an approach—IMPACTS—that has potential for saving millions of lives, not only in low- and middle-income countries, but in resource-poor, hard-to-reach settings within wealthier nations.”
—Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, President and CEO, CARE USA

“Powerful medicine for a world that is ailing from growing health disparities and a must-read for anyone providing care for—or caring about—the world’s most vulnerable people. Short on abstraction and long on practical solutions, this is an inspiring call to action that awakens the entrepreneur in all of us.”
—Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, President, Merck Vaccines, and former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“This is what needs to be done in order to save lives! The creativity and originality of this book provide the impetus to bridge the final mile in global health. Bing and Epstein exemplify cost-effective and successful innovative solutions—a must-have for all working in global health.”
—Christine Kaseba-Sata, obstetrician and gynecologist and First Lady of the Republic of Zambia

“Pharmacy on a Bicycle demonstrates how, even in the most dire circumstances, entrepreneurs can develop cost-effective, sustainable, innovative solutions that have the potential for replication and scale. Not only are the examples inspiring and instructive, but the IMPACTS framework has applications that extend well beyond global health.”
—Professor J. Gregory Dees, cofounder, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University

“This book provides workable answers for applying tested entrepreneurial techniques to the unique challenges of the very poor. Among the fertile minds of its readers, it will inspire new solutions from many successful examples. This book will save lives!”
—Marc J. Shapiro, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Baylor College of Medicine, and former Vice Chair, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

“By engaging emerging leaders with diverse skills and backgrounds, Bing and Epstein recognize how we can solve the problems we face in global health now. They demonstrate how partnership is fundamental to improving health access for all—an essential read for tomorrow’s leaders in global health!”
—Barbara Bush, CEO and cofounder, Global Health Corps

About the Author

Eric G. Bing, MD, PhD, MBA, is a Harvard-educated physician who has created and managed innovative health programs throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America for over two decades. He is a senior fellow and the director for global health at the George W. Bush Institute and professor of global health at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Marc J. Epstein is distinguished research professor of management at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Previously a professor at Harvard and Stanford, Dr. Epstein is the author of many books and articles on innovative approaches to improving businesses and nonprofit organizations. He works in Asia, Latin America, and Africa and trains students in entrepreneurial solutions to global health and poverty.
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Product Details

  • Series: BK Currents
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (May 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609947894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609947897
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book includes an abundance of excellent examples that bring these deadly-sounding prescriptions to life.
Mal Warwick
The tendency for most authors of books recommending how to help people in developing countries is to propose a one-size-fits-all approach.
Troy Camplin
A must read for anyone seeking to understand and explain how business is good for health...and why health is good for business.
Ken Lindemann

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As a health professional with more than 20 years of experience evaluating global health challenges, I believe this book offers excellent insights into how meaningful and sustainable impacts on global health problems can be achieved through application of a business-based logic model. The author's IMPACT approach is a practical integration of strategy and process, and the numerous examples of successful social enterprise and entrepreneurship bring the book to life. It's part motivational and part reference handbook on the 'what, why and how' of sustainable global health initiatives. A must read for anyone seeking to understand and explain how business is good for health...and why health is good for business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Troy Camplin on April 22, 2013
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The tendency for most authors of books recommending how to help people in developing countries is to propose a one-size-fits-all approach. The history of failures of that approach does not even seem to affect those making the proposals. It seems that ideology matters more than success.

The authors of this book, however, are more concerned about doing what works to get health care to those who need it most. They recognize the fact that culture matters, that what works in one place may not work in another. This means that taking a historically popular top-down approach is out of the question. This means that, although government programs and working in partnership with government are not off the table, the primary approach must be bottom-up, entrepreneurial, making use of local people's local and tacit knowledge to deliver health care goods and services. Indeed, this is what makes this book unique among books making policy proposals for improving health in developing countries: the authors' recommendation that businesses, NGOs, and government all take an entrepreneurial approach to solving the problems of getting health care goods and services to those who need them most.

The authors' pragmatic approach means the reader needs to read this book with an open mind. It is likely the examples of successful government programs in the book are going to turn off those who think markets are the only way to efficiently deliver goods and services. Equally, it is likely the examples of successful entrepreneurs, and the very recommendation that people become more entrepreneurial in spirit, is going to turn off those who think top-down government solutions are the only valid solutions.
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With vivid examples of innovative programs such as Narayana Hrudayalaya, a for-profit hospital network in Bangalore, India, where care is provided effectively to both those who are able and those who are not able to pay, Bing and Epstein convey their message that effective solutions to caring for the world's poorest members lie in employing business tools. Private and/public partnerships are crucial in this model, as are innovation and creativity. This is a broad vision about how to work with and not against the larger processes of economic globalization and the role of publics, privates and states in the reconfigurations of human life and well-being globalization entails. Bing and Epstein attend to crucial issues in global health today: diseases of lack of access to the basic necessities of life, infections and seemingly intractable problems like endemic malaria, and propose practical pathways to shift health outcomes and improve people's lives, which they posit will enable more people to both benefit from and contribute to the positive aspects of global human society. Importantly, they include the global health problem of non-communicable diseases, including mental illnesses and heart disease. In the grandest sense, this book is an argument for thinking in terms that will enable human survival and well-being for all people, as we inhabit and share an increasingly smaller planet.
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