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GBCHealth Insights: Business Action on Health Awards

Introduction

This month’s Insight’s issue focuses on HIV issues, given the many HIV events going on in July. The month brings the International AIDS Conference (IAC) to Washington, D.C., National HIV Testing Day and the launch of National HIV Awareness Month.

This newsletter offers a business guide to IAC sessions held by GBCHealth members and other panels the private sector won’t want to miss. GBCHealth will be hosting our own July 26 satellite session on our HIV-Free Generation work in Kenya to reduce HIV transmission among youth.

This issue also spotlights HIV-related news and initiatives of our member companies and brings you up to date on CEOs from companies including The Coca-Cola Company, the NBA and Levi Strauss who have joined the GBCHealth and UNAIDS pledge opposing HIV-related travel bans. And don’t forget GBCHealth and amfAR’s July 21 gala, Together to End AIDS, featuring Bill Gates, Nancy Pelosi and Jessye Norman.

GBCHealth's Business Guide to the International AIDS Conference

From July 22-27, more than 30,000 opinion leaders, scientists and change-makers from 200 countries will convene at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. to evaluate the latest scientific developments. The conference, AIDS2012: Turning the Tide Together, is the premier gathering of professionals working in the field of HIV and will feature a range of topics on HIV and AIDS with a strong private sector presence.

To help companies get the most out of it, GBCHealth has compiled a business guide that highlights events that our member companies are holding and panels that are of special interest to the private sector. Among these is a session by Johnson & Johnson, the mHealth Alliance and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on using mobile technology to eliminate pediatric HIV infection. They also include a session on sustaining national HIV responses through private sector partnerships by USAID’s SHOPS initiative (Strengthening Health Outcomes Through Private Sector) and a session by Levi Strauss, International Labor Organization and HEINEKEN on the AIDS accountability workplace scorecard and the role of business in the AIDS response.

Other noteworthy topics include integrating TB, sexual reproductive health, and HIV services in a workplace setting and extending worker insurance plans to cover AIDS treatment.

Read GBCHealth’s Business Guide to the AIDS Conference

For the full conference program, please click here.

Additional session information is available on the conference website, www.aids2012.org.

Join The Coca-Cola Company, Levi Strauss, the NBA and more CEOs Opposing HIV Travel Restrictions

The CEOs of The Coca-Cola Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Getty Images, H&M, HEINEKEN, Hub One, Kenneth Cole, the NBA and OraSure Technologies, Inc. are among the prominent CEOs who have joined a pledge to oppose travel restrictions on people who are HIV positive.

Forty-six countries still impose some form of restriction on entry, stay or residence based on a person’s HIV-positive status. Such bans harm multinational companies' bottom line when employees can't travel. That’s why GBCHealth is working with UNAIDS to secure the commitment of prominent CEOs to oppose these restrictions.

The private sector can influence these governments to lift these discriminatory restrictions. The pledge will be announced on July 21 at the GBCHealth/amfAR gala, Together to End AIDS, and promoted at the International AIDS Conference that week in Washington, D.C. Another wide-scale advocacy promotion will be launched on World AIDS Day 2012. Use your voice to advocate for change and demonstrate your leadership on HIV/AIDS by joining the pledge.

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Together to End AIDS: An Evening to Benefit amfAR and GBCHealth with Bill Gates

GBCHealth is partnering with amfAR to host a fundraising dinner, Together to End AIDS, for both organizations on the eve of the International AIDS Conference. Bill Gates will be presented with amfAR’s Award of Courage for his visionary leadership on global health and HIV/AIDS and Sharon Stone, Dr. Mathilde Krim and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi will join us. This dinner, hosted at DC’s historic John F. Kennedy Center, will kick off the IAC week with rich networking time, high-level business and government attendees and an inspiring program. Join us for a cocktail reception, a festive gala dinner and world-class entertainment, including opera singer Jessye Norman. Guests will receive a complimentary ticket to UNAIDS Concert immediately following the dinner at the Kennedy Center.

For more information and to attend, click here »

July 26 Satellite Session: Working with the Private Sector to Build an HIV-Free Generation

Join GBCHealth at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington, D.C. for a look at how the Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation/Kenya aims to reduce HIV/AIDS incidence among Kenyan youth. The session will bring together corporate, NGO and government representatives to talk about HIV prevention and empowerment among youth in Kenya. Jeffrey Blander, PEPFAR’s Acting Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Private Sector Engagement, will be keynoting along with The Republic of Kenya’s Professor Alloys S.S. Orago, Director of the National AIDS Control Council. Speakers will also include representatives from PATH, Viacom, Huru International, Africa Youth Trust, the Standard Group and HIV-Free Generation/Kenya.

The Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation/Kenya is a public-private partnership that works toward the Kenyan government’s goal of halving HIV incidence among youth. HFG/Kenya links the skills and assets of the private sector with PEPFAR and its implementing partners to create programs that connect with youth, from a popular MTV TV drama to youth-written magazine pages. This session will be held at the Washington Convention Center, Mini Room 8 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.

See the full list of speakers and session description »

Expert Connections Teleconference: Debrief from the International AIDS Conference

Can’t attend the International AIDS Conference? Join GBCHealth on August 9 at 10am EST for a web-based teleconference highlighting the conference's major outcomes and key developments.

The second of a three-part HIV-focused series, the ECT will give a big-picture overview and highlight the key developments that emerged from the 800 sessions and the contributions of 30,000 delegates. The teleconference will include GBCHealth’s Regional Director for Kenya, Neeta Bhandari, on GBCHealth’s HIV-Free Generation/Kenya session and news from GBCHealth’s gala. Member organization FHI 360 will present major findings from the overall conference—particularly those that are relevant to business.

To RSVP, please contact Nisa Patel »

National HIV Awareness Month

GBCHealth is a proud participant in the inaugural National HIV Awareness Month (NHAM) launched this July, an unprecedented opportunity to rally the American people through awareness and action to turn the tide of our domestic HIV epidemic. Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in this country and every year more than 50,000 Americans become newly infected with HIV, a preventable disease. NHAM is a collaborative effort of the nonprofit and private sector organizations to refocus the nation’s attention on the domestic AIDS epidemic. Orasure Technologies, Inc. Kaiser Permanente, Kiehl’s and amfAR are among the participants.

Read a message from organizers and find out how your company can participate »

MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS

Chevron Comes Out in Full Force for the AIDS Walk

Beginning this month, over 500 of Chevron’s employees will participate in AIDS Walks taking place across the country. As the lead sponsor of the San Francisco and New Orleans AIDS Walks, Chevron is helping to raise funds and awareness of the continuing impact of the AIDS epidemic in the United States on individuals, families and communities.

The San Francisco AIDS Walk, an annual event first established 25 years ago, has raised nearly $77 million to fight HIV/AIDS, providing prevention, treatment, care and advocacy programs for thousands of men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS. It will take place on July 15.

The New Orleans AIDS Walk is organized by the NO/AIDS Task Force, the oldest HIV/AIDS organization in the Gulf South. Its continuum of services include early intervention services, prevention education, HIV testing and counseling, community outreach, the Louisiana Statewide HIV/AIDS Hotline, mental health services, case management, housing coordination, meal delivery and a food bank program. The New Orleans AIDS Walk will take place on September 23.

SABMiller Targets the Link Between Alcohol Abuse and HIV Infection

SABMiller Ltd., one of the world’s largest brewing companies, is targeting HIV infection at a source in South Africa: taverns and shebeens- local drinking establishments. SABMiller’s Tavern Intervention Programme (TIP) is a six week life-skills course aimed at driving and inspiring men toward behavioral change.

Alcohol abuse is a major contributor to HIV infection in South Africa, home to one of the highest per capita alcohol consumption levels in the world. Many fights, homicides and rapes occur under the influence of alcohol, which is a powerful catalyst for interpersonal and sexual violence and high-risk sexual behavior.

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GBCHealth Op-Ed on OraSure HIV Home Test Featured in POZ Magazine

On July 3, the Food and Drug Administration approved a quick, in-home HIV test by GBCHealth member OraSure Technologies, Inc. GBCHealth Managing Director Michael Schreiber applauded the test in an op-ed in POZ Magazine as a way to reach more people nationwide, including those 20 percent of Americans with HIV who don’t know they have it, and pointed out the even more dire problem of people not knowing their status in developing countries.

“In today’s climate of federal HIV funding cuts, we need as many effective tools as possible to reach those most at risk,” Schreiber wrote. “The home-HIV testing kit from a small company affirms our belief in the power of business to introduce innovative, game-changing products that generate social returns as powerful as their market potential.”

Read op-ed in POZ Magazine »

GBCHealth Joins OraSure to Open the NASDAQ Market to Mark National HIV Testing Day

GBCHealth joined OraSure Technologies, Inc., the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), and others on June 27th to open the NASDAQ market to mark the 18th Annual National HIV Testing Day. The annual day promotes HIV testing and prevention.

After the NASDAQ ceremony, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) joined forces with OraSure Technologies, Inc. and partners to provide free, rapid HIV testing to the public in Times Square. GBCHealth’s own Sancia Dalley joined the event and took an HIV test to encourage others to get tested.

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Leading Experts Discussed HIV Prevention Breakthroughs on GBCHealth’s Expert Connections Teleconference

On GBCHealth's June 27 teleconference, leading experts elaborated on several advances in HIV prevention techniques in which recent studies have shown remarkable success. These included voluntary male circumcision, the use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to prevent a person with HIV from infecting their HIV-negative partner and how using treatment as prevention means that programs with widescale access to ARV treatment have the potential to eradicate HIV from their target populations.

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Sponsorship Opportunity for HIV Publication

A publication on the efforts and progress in fighting HIV globally will be launched for World AIDS day on December 1, 2012 and distributed in The Times of London in the UK. As it did last year, GBCHealth is supporting the development of the insert, called Combating HIV, which is produced by Raconteur Media and includes features on the private sector's work in fighting HIV. The 20-page report will cover a wealth of articles on major issues facing the global response to HIV, ranging from scientific technologies to case-study driven features to interviews with the most prominent world leaders in HIV. The publication is offering sponsorship opportunities to businesses active in HIV work that are looking to reach The Times audience and the HIV community and to raise public awareness for World AIDS Day.

Read last year's Combating HIV publication, which included articles on GBCHealth member companies and GBCHealth's Managing Director Michael Schreiber.

For information on the 2012 World AIDS Day edition and sponsorship opportunities, read here »