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Nothing to Quack About in India.

Private rural practitioners, or “quacks,” deliver the vast majority of healthcare in many countries around the world; there is a real opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of millions of poor families if we can figure out how to best engage with these providers to improve their practice.

I was in India last month and had the opportunity to meet Mr. Nagendra in Jamsaut village – a small village in a rural part of the state of Bihar, in Northern India. Mr. Nagendra is a private healthcare provider who runs a private practice for villagers. He utilizes a mix of practices along with good “bedside manner” that engenders the trust of the people.

Mr. Nagendra’s story is an important one because all across India, particularly in the northern states, there are millions of entrepreneurs just like him – about one per village – who are providing the majority of healthcare in the country. In rural India, about 80-90 percent of healthcare is provided by these private local providers with no formal training, often called Rural Medical Practitioners (RMPs). Read the full story here

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