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GBCHealth and amfAR to Host Dinner at IAS XIX. Bill Gates is Honoree. Join Us!
July 21, 2012 | Washington, D.C.
Join amfAR and GBCHealth for a historic event kicking off the 19th International AIDS Conference, the first to be held in the U.S. in 22 years. Bill Gates will be receive amfAR’s coveted Award of Courage. “Together to End AIDS” will also salute the essential role that business has played in driving progress on HIV/AIDS, in the workplace and in the world at large. And it will pay tribute to the spirit of collaboration that has underpinned our progress in the fight against AIDS. “Together to End AIDS” promises to be the most eagerly anticipated and unforgettable event of the International AIDS Conference. Don’t miss it!
Sponsorships and tickets are now available. Learn more
Michel Sidibé, Eric Goosby and Cheyenne Jackson Join List of Leaders Speaking at GBCHealth'12 Conference
May 14-15, 2012 | New York City
The list of leaders to speak at the GBCHealth Conference and Awards Dinner keeps growing. Recent additions include: Michel Sidibé, executive director for UNAIDS; Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers; Nancy Brinker, CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Broadway and TV star Cheyenne Jackson will help kick off the GBCHealth Awards Dinner, a celebration of business leadership on global health. Tickets are selling quickly. Don't miss out.
Social Media Corps Applications Due March 28
GBCHealth is looking for motivated, digital-savvy students and young professionals to cover the GBCHealth Conference and Awards Dinner. Contest winners will have the opportunity to attend the conference and learn first-hand from leading business executives, policy makers and thought leaders about how business can drive change in global health. Corps members will use social media leading up to and during the event to tell the story of business engagement in global health through words, photos and video. Learn more.
What is your company doing?
World Malaria Day is April 25. Be sure to tell us what your company is doing in the fight against malaria to be shared in our next newsletter and on GBCHealth.org. Please submit stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smoke-Free Workplaces: Good for Business, Good for Health
April 19, 2012 | Moscow, Russia
Join GBCHealth and the World Health Organization for a roundtable discussion on workplace smoking bans. This International Business Leaders Forum will bring together participants from both Russian and multilateral companies and governments to share best practices for establishing effective smoke-free workplace policies, discuss implementation challenges and examine the impact of smoke-free worksites on business and the workforce. The event will also hold a workshop on implementing smoking bans in public sites in Russia. Speakers will include GBCHealth President and CEO John Tedstrom, representatives from the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization.
RECENT EVENT TAKEAWAYS
March 8, 2012 | Nakuru, Kenya
GBCHealth Kenya presented the Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation (HFG) to private sector representatives earlier this month and highlighted opportunities for corporate engagement. The event connected local companies with U.S. government implementing partners and drew more than 50 participants from 39 companies, five NGOs and representatives from the Kenyan Government. Most participants indicated an interest in learning more about working with HFG. Two additional private sector HFG meetings will be held this year. Learn more
February 27, 2012 | Johannesburg, South Africa
GBCHealth hosted its first Member Meeting in South Africa for 2012 in February. Sixty-four companies, including 48 members, attended the event. Discussion focused on how companies, multilaterals and government could leverage public-private partnerships to address health threats posed by agriculture, nutrition and food security issues and how to apply lessons learned from local health programs and experiences in addressing infectious diseases to the growing challenges of non-communicable diseases. Participants included Bongi Ngema Zuma, The First Lady of the Republic of South Africa; Councillor Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg; Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director UN World Food Programme; and Dr. Richard Kamwi, Minister of Health, Namibia, and Chairperson of Southern African Development Community Ministers of Health. Read more
What you told us. A large majority of our members, nearly 70 percent, stated that maternal and child health was either a very high or a high priority for them.
What we are doing about it. During this year’s Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, GBCHealth will be hosting a Maternal Health panel that will feature Sarah Brown and other leaders in the field. This panel will pinpoint several critical moments in a woman’s life where interventions can have a profound impact on maternal health. In addition, Healthy Women, Healthy Economies, an initiative within GBCHealth, is partnering with Accenture to develop a collective corporate action to advance shared goals around women and girls.
Does your organization agree with this focus? Let us know!
GBCHealth member Novartis, in partnership with the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), has distributed more than one hundred million treatments of Coartem Dispersible, an antimalaria drug developed just for children. In only three years, Novartis and MMV were able to distribute this pediatric artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) to 39 malaria-endemic countries. Together Novartis and MMV were able to quickly develop and distribute a much-needed new medicine for children who are victim to the vast majority of malaria deaths. With Coartem Dispersible, health care workers and parents don’t have to break up or crush adult tablets, making it difficult to give children the correct dose, and it’s cherry flavored so children don’t gag or spit out the bitter medicine that could save their lives. The partners also designed special packaging so that it’s easy to use and improves compliance -- and they used a without-profit pricing model.
mothers2mothers (m2m) was recently recognized for its outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the effort to end mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) in sub-Saharan Africa while also working to keep HIV-positive mothers healthy so that they can care for their children. The organization was awarded the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, which recognizes extraordinary accomplishment and bold leadership in the nonprofit sector. m2m’s “Mentor Mothers” initiative was recognized as a scalable, grassroots model that works with the existing healthcare system in an effort to end PMTCT and support HIV-positive mothers with medical care and job training.
Nisa Patel, Events Coordinator, In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar | Nominated for a Booker Prize in 2006, Hisham Matar’s debut novel portrays 9-year-old Suleiman’s struggle to come to terms with the angst and desire for rebellion under the heavy hand of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya. The story weaves together the voice of Suleiman as a child and as an adult, and the author is able to provide the reader with a sense of the emotional and societal state of families in middle-class Tripoli in the 1970s. Beautifully written and a quick read, you’ll be compelled to reread a number of passages.
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