Articles Examine 25 Years of Progress on Global Topics

Tuesday, June 26, 2018



WDI has published a series of articles tracing the rapid development of healthcare delivery and health product supply chains in low- and middle-income countries as well as management education in Central and Eastern Europe over the past quarter century.

The “25 Years of Market-Based Solutions” article series was created to honor WDI’s recently-celebrated 25th anniversary. Since its founding, WDI has studied ways that the private sector can positively impact the work on important global issues. The articles examine what advancements has been made so far, what is happening currently, the challenges that remain and what the future holds.

The Institute’s 25th anniversary was a great opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve witnessed and contributed to in our own work across multiple sectors,” said WDI President Paul Clyde. “We wanted to produce something that would be useful as a survey of both literature and activities to researchers and practitioners.”

One article, “25 Years of Healthcare Delivery in Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” chronicles how health outcomes across the world have improved dramatically over that time period. Deaths related to disease have decreased and people are living longer. The article highlights the importance of healthcare delivery and the role it has played in these improvements.

Several authors contributed to the article, including Clyde, Pascale R. Leroueil, who leads WDI’s Healthcare initiative, and Ekta Jhaveri, a senior research associate. Other contributors were representatives from the University of Michigan Medical School, the University of Michigan College of Engineering, George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Aravind Eye Care System and Makerere University.

A key to effective healthcare delivery is to have strong supply chains, writes Prashant Yadav in “25 Years of Health Product Supply Chain Reform: Market Forms of Organization versus Public Ownership.” Yadav, a former WDI senior research fellow, examines the evolution that has occurred in health product supply chains in low- and middle-income countries in the past 25 years, with a special emphasis on the role of market-based solutions. Yadav also studies areas where market-oriented reforms have succeeded or failed in improving supply chain performance.

The third article, “Development of Management Education in Central and Eastern Europe” looks at the growth of management education in the region and gives recommendations for its future. Authors Danica Purg and Alenka Braček Lalić of IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia discuss how education institutions in Central and Eastern Europe can use management and leadership development to address emerging business issues in the region.

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