How commercial models solve global health problems

Michael Schreiber on how commercial service delivery models can help to improve health care.

Global health programs on the ground often fizzle out as soon as funding ceases, leaving communities to fend for themselves.

How can health institutions ensure the sustainability of their programs and maximize impact in the communities they serve? Incorporating commercial models into their programs have yielded positive results for Concern Worldwide, according to President and CEO Michael Schreiber.

In a video interview with Devex Impact reporter Adva Saldinger, Schreiber discussed his organization’s experience in Sierra Leone, where Concern co-designed a program with local health workers to deliver better care through commercial models of service delivery.

In the above clip, Schreiber also discusses the implications of a “shift from a traditional philanthropic model to a more evidence-based approach” in international development, and how his organization is assessing new technology.

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  • Jacques Jimeno

    Jacques is a former copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

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