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Thursday, September 28 • 11:35am - 11:55am
Improved Flooring as a Health Intervention: How one social enterprise has used and is generating rigorous evidence through its commercial floor sales model

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When many people think about how to improve health outcomes in the developing world, many focus on obviously health interventions and/or health systems - immunizations, health workforce capacity, and so. But what about housing improvements, like improved flooring? As highlighted in the Center for Global Development's Millions Saved case studies on cost-effective health interventions, rigorous evidence from Mexico about concrete flooring suggests that such improvements can dramatically improve child health and even make mothers happier. Inspired by this evidence, American social entrepreneur, Gayatri Datar, launched EarthEnable to produce and sell custom-developed earthen floors to the 80% of Rwandans living with dirt floors. The floors - a cheaper alternative to concrete - eliminate unsanitary dirt floors and provide affordable, sanitary flooring that can be washed, cleaned, and used to create a healthy home environment for millions of people. Join Gaya to hear about EarthEnable's business model, how she looked to evidence to inform the venture, and how she is collaborating with Paul Gertler (Berkeley) and other leading researchers to deepen the evidence base on the improved flooring and test different approaches to the business model.

For more information on EarthEnable, visit: www.earthenable.org

For more information on the Center for Global Development's Millions Lived case study on the Mexico program (Piso Firme), visit: http://millionssaved.cgdev.org/case-studies/mexicos-piso-firme-program. You can also attend the talk by Amanda Glassman, COO & Senior Fellow at CGD and co-author of Millions Saved, later today to hear more about cost-effective interventions in global health.

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Gayatri Datar

Co-founder & CEO, EarthEnable
Gayatri Datar has worked in international development for her whole career, including at Dalberg and the World Bank, and is passionate about providing the poor with the opportunities and stability needed to generate income for their families. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Gr... Read More →



Thursday September 28, 2017 11:35am - 11:55am
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

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