GBCHealth announced at the beginning of the year that it is undertaking a three-year collaboration with the MDG Health Alliance to focus on the attainment of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are eight goals that all 191 UN member states have agreed to achieve by the end of 2015, half of which focus on health. As part of this collaboration, GBCHealth will more tightly align and focus its staffing, funding, company commitments, advocacy, communications, forums and events in a manner that is substantially linked to the achievement of the health-related MDGs (Goals 4, 5, and 6).
GBCHealth also announced that Ray Chambers has joined the GBCHealth Board of Directors as Co-Chair, alongside Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, CEO of Access Bank plc. Mr. Chambers is a philanthropist and humanitarian and a longtime friend and supporter of GBCHealth. He is the Chairman of the MDG Health Alliance and serves as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Malaria and as a UN MDG Advocate, where he has responsibility for the health sector. Read more.
GBCHealth is pleased to announce that Gary M. Cohen, Executive Vice President of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), has been appointed Acting CEO of GBCHealth and CEO of the MDG Health Alliance, effective immediately.
Cohen will devote up to half of his professional time to these two leadership roles, while continuing in his EVP responsibilities at BD, where he oversees the Global Health function and leads the company’s strategy in Shared Value creation.
Cohen’s association with GBCHealth extends to its earliest days under the leadership of the late Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke. BD, a leading global medical technology company, has been a long-time member of the Coalition.
“We are absolutely thrilled by Gary’s decision to elevate his engagement with GBCHealth and to assume the acting chief executive role,” said GBCHealth Board Co-Chair Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, CEO of Access Bank plc. “Gary’s long-standing dedication to GBCHealth and his commitment to the idea that business must play a role in addressing global health challenges make him a singular choice for this position.” Read more.
February 28, 2013 | Johannesburg, South Africa
Join our discussion on emerging health trends and how they will impact the decisions and actions of today’s business leaders in Southern Africa at GBCHealth’s Members Meeting. GBCHealth will unveil our regional priorities for 2013. Special guests include Her Excellency Madam Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, First Lady of Zambia, and Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg. Be part of the team that will drive global health development in Southern Africa. GBCHealth members with headquarters or signifcant operations in Africa are encouraged to attend. Read more and reserve here.
Expert Connections Three-Part Webinar Series | Beginning Feb 28, 10 am EST
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how your company can make an impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. This three-part series will feature senior leaders from the major corporate partners of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - the world’s largest global health financing organization. You will learn about the Global Fund’s strategy for private sector engagement and hear about successful partnerships that have helped save millions of lives around the world. Join us on February 28 at 10 a.m. EST for the first segment, Partnering with the Global Fund: Opportunities for the Private Sector. Read more.
Expert Connections Webinar Series | Beginning Feb 14, 10 am EST
GBCHealth has joined forces with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health to bring you an exciting new thought leadership series: Cities, Business & Health: Exploring Multi-Sector Approaches to Healthier Urban Areas. Over the course of a year, we’ll be looking at how businesses can work by themselves and with others to foster urban environments that promote healthier employees and communities. The series will emphasize strategies that best leverage the unique strengths of the private sector and provide optimum return on investment, including an exploration of the linkages between health and economic outcomes. The webinars will focus on the mega-cities of Africa and Asia, areas that are pivotal for GBCHealth members. Read more.
Three Corporate Experts will Support GBCHealth’s Diabetes Work in China
GBCHealth has secured three Pfizer Global Health Fellows (GHFs) to support its diabetes program in China. The first fellow will begin in late March and will build upon the formative research and groundwork completed last year by previous Pfizer GHFs David Marshall and Lingfeng Yang. Over the year, in partnership with GBCHealth staff, the group will develop and conduct workplace diabetes trainings for employees of multinationals operating in China and Chinese companies. They will also launch a social media campaign with Sohu.com, one of China's largest Internet sites. The fellows will bring a diverse set of skills and experience to the program and GBCHealth.
The team includes Dr. Lesley Shane, Senior Director of Health Technology Assessment/Evidence-based Medicine, with experience in training/development, monitoring and evaluation, and business development; Robert Lee, a Therapeutic Specialty Representative, with community mobilization and education experience in his native Ohio; and Dr. Warachal Faison, a Primary Care Medical Director with education and training expertise in a variety of health areas. For more information on GBCHealth's diabetes efforts in China, see:
Pfizer is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its signature GHF volunteer program, in which Pfizer employees are seconded to international development organizations for three- to six-month fellowships, transferring pharmaceuticals and business expertise to improve health services for people in greatest need.
See Pfizer press release.
November 29, 2012 | Virtual
The final webinar in a three-part GBCHealth Expert Connections series on HIV/AIDS demonstrated how companies can improve access to health care coverage for their HIV-positive employees. In many countries, HIV is specifically excluded from insurance policies, despite widespread recognition that HIV is a manageable chronic condition similar to many other diseases that are fully covered. Substantial health care costs are, therefore, borne by employees or the companies for which they work. Speakers from Levi Strauss & Co., Global Business Group on Health and Mercer explained how employers can use their influence to encourage local insurers to amend their policies, or, failing that, provide supplemental insurance or even their own private services. "Our goal is to provide uniform health care access for employees around the world," said Paurvi Bhatt of Levi Strauss & Co. Read more.
December 12, 2012 | Virtual
In the third of GBCHealth's three-part Expert Connections webinar series on diabetes, participants learned of practical tools and approaches that companies are using to tackle diabetes in the workplace. Speakers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) described the linkages between employee (and community) health and the economic wellbeing of the companies they sustain – including productivity, absenteeism and health care costs. For example, Dr. Pamela Allweiss of the CDC pointed out that for every 1% drop in hemoglobin A1c (average blood sugar level), the risk of eye, kidney and nerve damage can be reduced by up to 40%, improving health outcomes while also reducing costs. The speakers showed that the workplace is an ideal environment for education, encouragement of healthful habits, and the provision of medical care that prevents and controls diabetes and other chronic diseases. Read more.
December 4, 2012 | Shanghai, China
Gabriel Jaramillo, outgoing General Manager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, was honored at a dinner reception in Shanghai co-hosted by GBCHealth and the China Country Coordinating Mechanism for Global Fund Programs. Jaramillo noted the strong private sector representation at the event and emphasized the need to increase corporate engagement in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria. The event, which marked World AIDS Day, was made possible by the support of BD China and was attended by representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Health and local and multinational companies, including GBCHealth members Accenture, Access Bank, BD, The Coca-Cola Company, Edelman, Nike, Northeast Pharmaceutical Group, Shanghai Desano Pharmaceuticals and Standard Chartered Bank. Read more.
PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) received an award from the Indonesian government last month for the best HIV workplace program in the country.
The mining company was selected from 55 contenders with similar HIV/AIDS initiatives in the workplace. PTFI has been executing the program as part of its Public Health and Malaria Control initiative since 2004. The "Best of the Best" award was presented during a ceremony commemorating World AIDS Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, on December 11, 2012. The event was attended by Indonesian Vice President Boediono, key government ministers and other officials.
In addition to the HIV/AIDS program for employees, PTFI also provides HIV/AIDS outreach for the community near its mining operations. PT Freeport Indonesia is a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, the world's largest publicly traded copper company. Read more.
TIME magazine has recognized OraQuick, the first and only in-home, rapid oral HIV test, as one of the “Best Inventions of 2012.” “With just a swab of saliva and 20 minutes, OraQuick can identify the antibodies that signal HIV infection,” TIME wrote. The over-the-counter test, made by OraSure Technologies, Inc., is the only health innovation included on TIME’s prestigious annual list for 2012. Approved by the U.S. FDA in July 2012, the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test is now available at major retailers nationwide.
Read TIME article.
See Op-ed on OraQuick by GBCHealth’s Executive Director Michael Schreiber Freeport Award.
The Nigerian construction company Julius Berger Nigeria Plc. has joined forces with GBCHealth affiliate member, Bestnet A/S, to provide local mothers and children with life-saving mosquito nets and training and resources on malaria prevention. As Bestnet’s CSR Manager Christina Anderskov observed, the partnership is an example of companies moving beyond ”good old-fashioned philanthropy and occasional handouts,” toward sustainable solutions that produce “long lasting social impacts that benefit both society and the companies themselves.” Bestnet designed customized bednets for the campaign and contributed targeted learning materials on malaria and technical expertise. "Healthy communities equal healthy employees," said Lena Jaber, CSR Manager for Julius Berger. "It is simply a win-win for anybody but the mosquitos." Read more.
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