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For World AIDS Day on December 1st, GBCHealth, UNAIDS and Levi Strauss & Co. are securing leading CEO signatures to call for an end to travel restrictions that still exist in 45 countries for HIV-positive travelers. Join us by Nov. 26th to be included in our press release. And please join our social media blitz on Nov. 28th by helping to spread the word through Twitter and Facebook. The Financial Times will run a full page ad featuring the CEO pledge during the week of World AIDS Day.
GLOBAL FUND NEWS
Mark Dybul, a former United States Global AIDS Coordinator, was appointed Executive Director today of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Dybul is a member of GBCHealth’s Corporate Advisory Board and a longtime supporter of GBCHealth. “GBCHealth is delighted that Mark Dybul, who is not only an AIDS expert but a profound visionary, will lead the Global Fund,” said Michael Schreiber, Managing Director of GBCHealth. “Mark has the skills, passion and commitment to lead The Fund in its essential mission to attract and disburse resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria."
Dybul is widely recognized as a visionary leader on global health for his role in helping create and then lead the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, which has been highly effective in helping limit and reverse the growth of HIV infection worldwide. He currently co-directs the Global Health Law Program at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.
GBCHealth is pleased to invite members and partners to submit ideas for sessions at our annual conference on May 15-17 in New York City. Leading a panel provides an opportunity to showcase and share best-in-class programs, partnerships and other ideas that advance the field of business action on global health. Interested presenters should submit an abstract to present a panel, workshop or short spotlight. We are especially interested in receiving submissions that highlight the power and potential of cross-sectoral partnerships to impact global health, with a focus on the unique role and influence of the private sector.
GBCHealth also is excited to introduce a new feature at this year’s conference: a Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest, “Inspiring Behavior Change.” When it comes to influencing people’s behavior through media, some of the most exciting and effective work today is done by corporate marketers. Read more
GBCHealth's Shuma Panse has joined TEDMED’s Great Challenges Program, which brings attention to 20 complex challenges in health and medicine through a series of online discussions and multi-disciplinary dialogues with thought leaders and experts. Panse, along with four other Challenge Team Members, will address the challenge of "Inventing Wellness Programs That Work." Together the team will explore what elements of workplace wellness programs lead to success and what types of innovations are key to effective, scalable interventions. We hope you will join the TEDMED conversation and be part of the dialogue. Members can participate by submitting questions and posting comments about wellness on the TEDMED site here. In the coming weeks, Challenge Team Members will respond to questions and comments and later this year, teams will participate in live web events. Learn more
December 3-5, 2012 | Washington, D.C.
Don’t miss the 2012 mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C. Join over 250 speakers for three days of great content across 80 robust sessions. You’ll gain an understanding of emerging practices in mobile health that can improve access and quality of care while controlling costs.
December 4-5, 2012 | London, United Kingdom
The Trust Women Conference will bring together companies, policy makers and NGOs working on the front lines of women’s rights. Speakers include Queen Noor of Jordan, author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, maternal health activist Christy Turlington Burns and Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. Read more and register.
October 22, 2012 | New York City
GBCHealth, in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health, hosted a half-day event on the role of technology in maternal and child health on October 22, in New York City. The forum explored how technological innovations, especially those delivered within existing health systems, have the potential to reduce death rates and improve health outcomes for women and children. Key stakeholders—engineers, clinicians, public health policy makers, entrepreneurs and private sector leaders—discussed how we can accelerate the development of improved technologies.
Speakers shared lessons learned from their work in technology development. Timothy Prestero of Design that Matters discussed the importance of inspiration, appearance and context in designing effective, user-friendly and affordable health tools in developing countries. Gary Cohen, Executive Vice president at BD, spoke of overcoming internal and external challenges to advance an innovative idea within a company and develop the product. Read more of the bold ideas shared at this event
October 29, 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland
GBCHealth’s Michael Schreiber, Managing Director and Co-President, shared private sector insights at The Economist Conference, New Responses to Non-Communicable Diseases: Strengthening Health Systems, Changing Behaviour. He highlighted that while NCDs are fundamentally a public problem, we need to deploy private sector resources to fill critical resource gaps in the public sector and improve health outcomes. “A lot of resources that sit in the private sector can be more effectively deployed. It's the use of media, it's the use of marketing techniques and tools – as you get more complex issues, there is so much research, knowledge and investment in core capacity in the private sector,” he said, adding that it’s essential “to unlock that and to allow the private sector to be engaged.”
October 22-23, 2012 | London, United Kingdom
Natalya Podogova, Director of GBCHealth Russia, spoke about the role of city and government policies in creating smoke-free environments in public spaces and workplaces at the London City Health 2012 Conference. Using Russia as an example, Podogova said that 40 percent of the population smokes. But the country is close to adopting a federal tobacco control law that includes 100 percent smoke-free policies, including smoke-free workplaces. Podogova also presented challenges and lessons learned by countries, cities and businesses when implementing tobacco control laws.
City Health 2012 provided a forum to discuss and disseminate intervention models, experiences and research from around the world to foster healthier cities while taking into account cultural and economic differences. Conference speakers and participants included city officials, policy makers, scientists, industry and commerce representatives. City Health 2013 will be held in Glasgow. More information and speaker presentations can be found at http://www.cityhealth.org.uk/.
FHI 360, a non-profit human development organization, has partnered on AIDS issues for 30 years. Leading up to World AIDS Day 2012, FHI 360 staffers will look at next steps needed to tackle the epidemic on the FHI 360 blog. They will examine new enhancements in the testing and treatment of women during pregnancy and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. They will also look at closing some of the gaps in HIV treatment and service. Look for the blogs beginning Nov. 26 at www.fhi360.org.
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