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Diabetes has become a critical public health issue in the developing world
There are 366 million people living with diabetes, according the Diabetes Atlas published by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
4.6 million deaths are due to diabetes each year
The World Health Organization expects diabetes-associated mortality to double between 2005 and 2030
Over 80 percent of diabetes-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries
China has the highest occurrence of diabetes, with 92.4 million people living with diabetes
India is second, with 50.8 million diabetics living in India
Diabetes is positioned to put significant strain on health systems
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Health care spending on diabetes has reached $465 billion USD
By 2030, diabetes is expected to have a $490 billion USD impact on the global economy
The fastest-growing global economies are also those with the fastest growing occurrence of diabetes
Four of the five BRICS countries are on the WHO’s top ten list of diabetic populations (Brazil, Russia, India and China)
Several large companies are making a big difference in the course of the diabetes epidemic through workplace programs that include:
Corporate health policies covering diabetes
Education and risk management
Proper case management and screening
Ongoing monitoring and evaluation
The effective workplace and private sector programs established to address HIV/AIDS are being transformed into tools to tackle the growing challenge of diabetes and other NCDs.
NCDs and communicable diseases share many of the same risk factors.
BRICS and the disease
Countries experiencing rapid economic development are experiencing mass urbanization, changing diets and increasingly sedentary lifestyles, contributing factors for diabetes and other NCDs.
How are these nations dealing with the onset of a diabetes epidemic?
How are businesses invested in these regions ensuring a healthy workforce?
The private sector response to the UN High-level meeting on Non-communicable Diseases
Case study – J&J (more NCD)
UN HLM take away
The GBCHealth Library has a wealth of useful information about diabetes, other NCDs and important related topics like nutrition
AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death globally.
Almost 5,000 people die every day due to AIDS.
An estimated 25 million people have died from HIV-related causes since the beginning of the pandemic.
More than 60 million people have been infected with HIV since the pandemic began.
Approximately 97 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS live in low- and middle-income countries.
sub-Saharan Africa is the hardest-hit region and is home to 67 percent of all people living with HIV worldwide.
AIDS is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa.
34 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2010.
Women and girls now comprise 50 percent of those aged 15 and older living with HIV.
Estimates suggest when the prevalence of HIV reaches 8 percent, the cost in economic growth is estimated at about 1 percent a year.
In 2007, prevalence was over 15% in seven southern African countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe), and above 5% in seven others (Cameroon, CAR, Gabon, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania).
Long history of corporate involvement and the impact these businesses have had over 30 years:
Levi Strauss & Co.
Advocacy for drug access at affordable prices
HIV and women/girls
HIV and TB – a dangerous tag team threat to health
What is being done?
How is business adjusting its workplace programs to accommodate both conditions?
Knowledge as the best prevention
Business has created several innovative and engaging media campaigns to raise awareness, educate people about safe sex practices, reduce stigma around the disease and inform those at risk about the disease
U.S. HIV Initiative Page
L’Oreal case study
The GBCHealth Library has a wealth of useful information about HIV/AIDS
109 countries (representing approximately half of the world’s population) are at risk of contracting malaria
247 million cases of malaria are reported each year
86 percent of those cases are reported in Africa
881,000 people die each year from the disease
91 percent of those deaths occur in African countries
An African child dies every 45 seconds from malaria
Accounts for 20 percent of all childhood deaths.
85 percent of malaria deaths occur among children under 5 years of age.
Malaria is preventable and curable
Bed nets that prevent the mosquito bites responsible for infection cost $10 USD
ACT treatments (the most effective treatment for those infected) cost $6 USD
Malaria can decrease a country’s GDP by as much as 1.3 percent
Heavy-burden countries spend up to 40 percent of their public health funds on malaria prevention and treatment
Companies engaging in vector control beyond the workplace
Collective action bringing life-saving bed nets to remote areas in endemic countries
Innovative vaccines in development
Antimalarial medication resistance
What to do when it happens?
What new medications are in development?
Malaria and HIV – the increased risks and treatment methods that work
Saving children = saving the next generation that will further grow national economies and become members of local workforces
Bed net dialogue
IRS take away
The GBCHealth Library has a wealth of useful information about malaria
TB kills 4,600 people a day
Some 2 billion people are thought to be infected with the bacteria that causes tuberculosis
TB and HIV
TB is the leading cause of death among HIV-infected people, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths among people with HIV
People living with HIV have a 20-37 times greater risk of developing TB than those without HIV
Drug-resistant strains of TB present difficult challenges in developing nations where access to effective treatment protocols is not consistently available
TB is curable for less than $10 USD
75 percent of TB cases occur in people during their most productive years (15 – 54)
TB will rob the poorest countries of an estimated $1 to $3 trillion USD over the next 10 years
Loss of productivity attributable to TB is 4-7 percent of some countries’ GDP
HIV/TB co-infection – the challenges and the opportunities for business to change the way it addresses these diseases to ensure better health outcomes in their workforces and communities
Drug resistant TB and the need to improved treatment protocols
Which GBCHealth members are leading the charge to develop newer, more effective treatments?
Sticking to your TB regime – the best way to avoid drug resistant strains
TB and Russia – the rise of TB in the country and how government, business and civil society are joining forces to eradicate the disease
TB/HIV library information
TB Issue briefs (3)
The GBCHealth Library has a wealth of useful information about tuberculosis
The Human Cost
The Economic Cost
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