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The business community has a major impact on global health, and this year's winning companies reflect the private sector's ongoing commitment to making positive contributions to the lives of employees and the communities in which they do business.



Education, Access and Technology Lead the Field for the 2011 GBC Business Action on Health Awards

The Global Business Coalition recognizes leading businesses for their work addressing pressing global health crises during annual conference on June 2

(May 20, 2011) New York, NY  The winners of the 2011 Business Action on Health Awards were announced today. The awards, presented by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC), recognize the best corporate programs developed to address global health needs. Awards will be presented to winning companies during GBC's annual conference on June 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

The business community has a major impact on global health, and this year's winning companies reflect the private sector's ongoing commitment to making positive contributions to the lives of employees and the communities in which they do business. From delivering prevention messages and training, to establishing systems that ensure people in isolated parts of the world have access to the most effective treatments, and using technology to improve health outcomes, this year's winners leveraged their strengths and assets to make a difference.

"For ten years, GBC members have been creating programs that build from success to success. This year's award process was the most competitive in our history, and this year's winners are among the most innovative and effective ever," said John E. Tedstrom, President and CEO of GBC. "Governments and community groups increasingly look to business not just for partnership, but for real leadership in health programs. This year's winners and finalists prove that business is up to the challenge. Congratulations to our winners and to all companies who are in the arena."

Awards are given in six categories: Workplace/Workforce Engagement; Community Investment; Application of Core Competence; Partnership/Collective Action; Technology for Health; and Eradicating Root Causes of Poor Health. Winning programs represent innovative work from BD, GE, Gold Fields Ghana Ltd, HP, Novartis Pharma and Rio Tinto.

In addition to the Business Action on Health Awards, GBC will also recognize the significant contributions of Ted Turner, George Soros, Gordon Brown and Sarah Brown during a gala dinner on June 2. Turner and Soros, two of GBC's founding supporters, will receive the 2011 Business Leadership Award for their commitment to creating a safer, healthier, sustainable world. The Browns will be presented with the 2011 Vision & Impact Award for their dedication to the issues of maternal mortality and the improving the health of women and children.

Winner: Workplace/Workforce Engagement - Gold Fields Ghana Ltd.
Gold Fields Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of Gold Fields Limited, the fourth largest Gold mining company. Gold Fields Ghana operates a comprehensive workplace and community education, prevention, treatment and support program for mineworkers, their dependents and catchment communities surrounding its Tarkwa mine. The program trained 150 workplace and community health educators and reached over 16,000 people in 2010. Dedicated Coordinators and Task Teams execute awareness outreach, condom distribution at the workplace, high-traffic sites, listening groups for weekly "Bo Woho Ban" ("protect yourself") radio programs and health-focused drama and abstinence clubs for schoolchildren.

Winner: Community Investment Rio Tinto Simfer
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group that mines and processes mineral resources. Rio Tinto Simfer's community malaria and HIV/AIDS program in Guinea partners with the government's National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), local sub-prefectural health centers and NGOs to provide reinforcement and logistical support to existing public health efforts and ensure program sustainability. The partners deliver NMCP-approved medicines to the prefecture in response to the inconsistent availability of malaria medicines. To address HIV treatment issues that stem from the closest HIV treatment facility being more than nine hours away, Rio Tinto Simfer and its partners are working to provide local access to services by setting up a treatment facility in the prefecture.

Winner: Application of Core Competence - HP
HP is the world's largest technology company, bringing together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world. In Kenya, mother-to-child HIV transmission rates are as high as 45 percent, with one half of all HIV-positive infants unlikely to live past age two without immediate antiretroviral treatment. In partnership with the Kenyan government and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, HP helped to automate and digitize Kenya's HIV-testing process, shortening the time between testing and result delivery, so HIV-positive infants can begin ARV treatment in a matter of days instead of months.

Winner: Partnership/Collective Action BD (Becton Dickinson and Company)
BD is a leading global medical technology company dedicated to advancing global health by improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnostics and driving research and development of new drugs and vaccines. Proper blood-drawing is an often-overlooked yet essential part of controlling HIV/AIDS. BD, in partnership with PEPFAR, launched the Kenya Safer Blood Collection Initiative, the first program to provide comprehensive training and education on safe blood-drawing practices to Kenyan health care workers. In its first year, the initiative trained 20 faculty members and 529 health care workers, which greatly improved blood-drawing knowledge and skills, reduced improper practices and increased worker confidence. The Kenya program was implemented with support and involvement from CDC and Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Kenya.

Winner: Technology for Health Novartis Pharma AG
Novartis develops and markets innovative products to prevent and cure diseases, ease suffering and enhance quality of life. Its SMS for Life program is a highly effective and innovative public-private partnership led by the Novartis Malaria Initiative that uses a combination of mobile phones, Short Messaging Service (SMS) technology and electronic mapping to monitor weekly stock levels of key anti- malarial medicines in health facilities in remote rural communities of Tanzania. It is crucial that health facilities have adequate supplies, since anti-malarial medications should be taken within 18-24 hours if severe malaria and its complications are to be avoided. SMS for Life aims to eliminate "stock-outs", increase access to essential malaria medicines and reduce the number of deaths from malaria.

Winner: Eradicating Root Causes of Poor Health GE
General Electric Company is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company. GE's Developing Health Globally (DHG) is dedicated to enabling sustainable solutions for vulnerable populations by addressing critical gaps in developing-world healthcare facilities. DHG is creating systemic changes to healthcare through close alignment with local governments and communities and a holistic, needs- based approach. As a result of addressing underlying causes of health issues and increasing quality of care, DHG is seeing impact on chronic disease states, like heart disease and cancer, and up to 60 percent reductions in infant mortality.

Entries for the 2011 Business Action on Health Awards were the largest number, representing the most diverse and strongest submissions in the award's history. In addition to the six winning companies, GBC commended several companies within each of the six award categories for their outstanding programs.

Commended Companies by Award Category:

Workplace/Workforce Engagement

  • Chevron Nigeria Limited
  • Del Monte Kenya Limited
  • The Dow Chemical Company

Community Investment

  • Abbott Fund
  • Apollo Tyres Ltd.
  • Tata Chemicals Magadi Limited

Application of Core Competence

  • MTV Networks International
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation

Partnership/Collective Action

  • Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold
  • Novartis Pharma AG

Technology for Health

  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • HP

Eradicating Root Causes of Poor Health

  • Accor Greater China
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • Procter & Gamble Services Ltd. Kenya

Additional information on the 2011 AWARDS, including a list of all finalists, can be found on GBC's Conference and Awards Dinner website:

The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria represents over 200 private sector companies leading the business fight for improved global health. Through work that includes developing comprehensive workplace policies; supporting community programs; leveraging core competencies; facilitating leadership and advocacy by business leaders; and brokering public-private partnerships, GBC helps members achieve their global health goals. GBC also manages the private sector delegation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, serving as an entry-point for corporate collaboration and engagement with the Fund and its recipients worldwide. GBC has offices in New York, Johannesburg, Beijing, Nairobi and Moscow.