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Nominations Due November 2, 2012
While the Business Action on Health awards have run for many years, the nomination process is relatively new – and very exciting! It’s a way for GBCHealth to fling a wider net and find the broadest range of programs. It’s also a way for partners, non-profits and the general public to get involved and help shine a light on great corporate health programs. The process is simple: you fill out our online nomination form, telling us a bit about the worthy program. We’ll then contact the company about applying. Companies can also apply directly, without being nominated. For more information about both nomination and application, please click here. Nominations close November 2nd – so please take a moment to nominate a great program today!
Join us Nov. 8 for Tips, Tricks & Tools: Get Final Advice for your Business Action on Health Award Application
In GBCHealth's third awards webinar, our resident awards expert, Pam Bolton, will go through the 2013 application question by question, outlining what judges are looking for in each answer. RSVP
Six new CEOs, including several from leading African companies, recently joined the pledge opposing travel restrictions against people with HIV. Pfizer, The Hartford, the male-circumcision device firm PrePex and the African companies Kenya Airways Ltd., Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd. and Safaricom have joined CEOs from such prominent companies as The Coca-Cola Company, HEINEKEN and Johnson & Johnson.
GBCHealth, UNAIDS and Levi Strauss & Co. are partnering to bring on board 45 CEOs by World AIDS Day to oppose HIV restrictions in the 45 countries where restrictions still remain. Only 15 companies to go! Join us by Nov 1. to be included in promotional outreach leading up to World AIDS Day on Dec 1.
See video on how HIV restrictions hurt one employee.
For more information, please contact Beth Breslauer at firstname.lastname@example.org
GBCHealth released a study last week that compares a wide range of corporate-run malaria programs and identifies key characteristics that the best programs share. GBCHealth launched the report, Leading Practice in Malaria Control, with Sentinel Consulting, which conducted the study and analyzed data from 18 programs run by 10 companies. The mining company Rio Tinto commissioned the report. It was launched in Johannesburg at GBCHealth’s Oct 9-12 conference, The Road to Malaria Elimination 2020: Investment and Beyond, which featured some of the world’s top malaria experts, senior African government leaders and companies working to combat malaria among their employees and communities.
October 29, 2012 | Livestream via Geneva, Switzerland
GBCHealth's Interim Co-President Michael Schreiber will join other thought leaders, including John Lechleiter, Chief Executive Officer of member company Eli Lilly, on a panel at the Economist Conference, New Repsonses to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): Strengthening Health Systems, Changing Behaviors. The session will address the role of public-private partnerships in responding to NCDs. Join the session from Geneva via live-streamed by signing up here.
GBCHealth has partnered with Sentinel Consulting to conduct research into the state of wellness programs run by companies operating in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). The information will be used to highlight best practice and create a guide for companies aiming to start or improve a wellness program.
Please share your experiences with us! The survey takes 10-20 minutes. To participate, take this online survey. For more information please contact Joya Banerjee, email@example.com.
December 3-5, 2012 | Washington, D.C.
GBCHealth is now a Strategic Affiliate of the 2012 mHealth Summit - the world’s leading mobile health event. Join leaders from throughout the healthcare ecosystem to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve outcomes around the world. See 80 educational sessions with over 250 speakers and learn from 400 exhibitors and sponsors. Join 4,500 leaders from 50 countries.
A publication that highlights the private sector’s work in fighting HIV will be distributed in The Times of London for World AIDS Day and is seeking advertising sponsors. Last year’s “Combating HIV” edition featured Richard Branson on the cover and reported on a range of companies making a positive global impact.
Advertising in the 20-page magazine allows businesses active in HIV work to reach The Times of London audience and to raise public awareness on 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. Contact Henrik Kanekrans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GBCHealth, with sponsorship from Kenya Shell Limited, hosted a half-day roundtable on September 27th in Nairobi on the role of business in addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and wellness. Seventy participants, including 19 GBCHealth members, discussed the rise of NCDs in developing countries and the business case for confronting these chronic diseases as well as overall wellness in the workplace.
Updates from the Global Fund Board Meeting and Private Sector Delegation Retreat
September 10-14, 2012 | Lyon, France and Geneva, Switzerland
Thirteen companies met for the annual Private Sector Delegation (PSD) retreat and pre-board meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The companies discussed key issues for deliberation at the board meeting, along with broader PSD priorities. Discussion topics included: private sector resource mobilization to support the Global Fund; options for a new Global Fund funding model; Global Fund organizational and governance reform; the future of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) initiative, a pilot program to increase access to high quality and affordable malaria medicines.
Dr. Brian Brink, chief medical officer of Anglo American plc, and Renuka Gadde, vice president of global health at BD, then went on to represent the PSD at the Global Fund's Board Meeting.
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Updates its Funding Model
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria voted in September to adopt a new funding model to improve the grant-making process. This change is part of a series of ongoing reforms aimed at strengthening the organization. The Global Fund Board approved several components of the new model and will discuss others at its November Board meeting. The changes aim to increase the impact of health efforts in countries with the greatest need and least ability to pay. The approach emphasizes predictable funding, constructive dialogue with implementing countries, and flexibility and simplicity in the application process.
CSR Asia: Local Innovation for Global Challenges
September 18-19, 2012 | Beijing, China
CSR Asia, in partnership with GBCHealth, held a summit on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Asia. The conference brought together more than 450 delegates and explored challenges, opportunities and solutions to building sustainable CSR strategies in the region. GBCHealth’s Interim Co-President and Managing Director Michael Schreiber opened the conference by stressing the importance of private sector involvement in health and the role GBCHealth plays in mobilizing the private sector to work alongside local and national governments, NGOs and multilaterals. Twenty GBChealth members were represented at the event. Senior Ministry of Health officials expressed their appreciation for GBCHealth’s contributions in China and welcomed future collaboration.
GBCHealth & its Members at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting
The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting on September 23-25, 2012 in New York City generated a series of important health-related corporate commitments. GBCHealth, with the American Cancer Society, re-committed to growing the number of smoke-free worksites globally. Learn more about our members’ commitments:
UN General Assembly: Business Highlights
September 18-22, 2012 | New York, New York
The 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) convened last month with a series of high-level meetings and side events, including many on the role of business in improving women and children’s health and in addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). GBCHealth members Johnson & Johnson, PATH and Merck & Co. hosted events, while Medtronic announced a new commitment to addressing NCDs in India.
Combatting Malaria with the Colors of the Rainbow
In Uganda, a colorful, striped bed net to protect families from mosquitoes is selling like hotcakes.
The nets are a product of Bestnets, a GBCHealth member that provides life-saving products to people in developing countries. The response to the colorful nets have been remarkable and will lead to increased use, Dr. Jessie Stone, founder of the NGO Soft Power House, which sells the nets, said on a recent blog post. “Ugandans love strong colors, so we of course expected our ‘customers’ to like the colorful nets,” Stone said. “But the really interesting thing, from a user compliance perspective, was that the colorful nets were snatched away very quickly, leaving behind the standard light blue nets which were suddenly less attractive to the customers.”
Soft Power sells the bold-colored nets at a subsidized price and believes that people are more inclined to use mosquito nets if they pay for them.
By Joya Banerjee, Manager, Membership & Advisory Services, GBCHealth
In March, Penguin Press published Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It, by Washington Post journalist Craig Timberg and University of North Carolina epidemiologist and medical anthropologist Daniel Halperin.
Tinderbox explores the role of the West in igniting and helping to spread the HIV epidemic. From HIV’s emergence in central Africa and its later transplantation to Haiti, the book explores how Western colonialism helped create the conditions and policies in which the lethal virus was able to spread across the world, taking tens of millions of lives with it. During the “Scramble for Africa” near the turn of the 20th century, commercial adventurers blazed new routes through the jungle in search of rubber and riches, sending African porters into remote regions rarely traveled before. It was here, during the age of European conquest,that humans first contracted the strain of HIV that would eventually cause 99 percent of AIDS deaths around the world, the authors report. Tinderbox also discusses other factors that created ripe conditions for HIV to take hold and spread exponentially. These range from the social acceptance for having multiple sexual partners to the declining practice of male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa.
Though controversial, Tinderbox is thoroughly enjoyable, brilliantly-researched and has received highly favorable reviews from the New York Times, PBS News, NPR's Fresh Air, Slate.com and the Huffington Post.
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