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The Philips Foundation and Ashoka are hosting a series of webinars to explore the innovative paths to accelerate healthcare access (AHA!) in disadvantaged communities by combining social entrepreneurs’ innovative ideas, tested and honed business practices, and experience from the citizen sector.

Jeff, Ankur, Queen, and Hilmi all use technology in creating and implementing solutions to the persistent problem of infant deaths in developing countries. One of the most striking ways in which they differ is in their opinion on the most important thing we could change or focus on to remove the barriers to needed quality healthcare.

In India, 90% of the workforce is in the unorganized sector, with employers who are not registered with the government and employment terms that are often irregular and unpredictable. Many of these citizens earn two to six USD per day and have limited access to social protection systems including insurance. Accidents and disease are destabilizing for families and can cause further poverty, since insurance is not a priority expense for them. The existing health insurance in India is basically only useful when someone is sick.

As a young student in the U.K., Andrew Bastawrous was curious and bright, but to the surprise of his teachers, he struggled with schoolwork.

In our first webinar, five experts will discuss their solutions towards reducing maternal mortality in developing countries, in response to the World Health Organization's 2018 analysis of this issue.