After a competitive proposal process conducted in early 2013, GBCHealth was formally re-appointed for a new three-year term as the Focal Point for the Private Sector Delegation (PSD) to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The new term began at the close of the recent Global Fund Board meeting in June 2013.
Over the next three years, GBCHealth will facilitate the PSD’s participation in projects and initiatives that bring the private sector’s voice to the Global Fund’s policy, strategy and partnerships. Upcoming activities include a research project to value the private sector’s non-cash contributions to the Global Fund, a toolkit to increase country-level private sector engagement, and private sector participation in the upcoming Fourth Voluntary Replenishment (the Global Fund's primary fundraising mechanism).
GBCHealth’s Whitney White, who has served as Interim Focal Point since mid-2012, will continue in the Focal Point role in the new term. Read more about GBCHealth’s appointment here.
GBCHealth, in partnership with Pfizer’s Global Health Fellows Program, has launched a Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Education Workplace Training Program for companies in China.
The program aims to educate employees in the workplace about how to prevent diabetes, its risk factors and symptoms, and how to manage it if it is diagnosed.
The workplace training program was developed by several Pfizer Global Health Fellows, Pfizer employees who spend time away from their primary roles to work in GBCHealth’s Beijing office.
The program kicked off in June with a training session at Anglo American’s Beijing office followed by several workshops at other companies. Additional trainings will take place at numerous multinational firms, including Standard Chartered Bank, BP, BD, Wall Street English, Novo Nordisk and Unilever. Read more.
9:30 AM EDT July 24 | MDG Expert Connections Webinar Series, Part 2 of 3
Each year nearly seven million children die before their fifth birthday—most of them from preventable diseases. Leading private sector companies and NGO partners are using their assets to save children’s lives in the final push to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, efforts and financing must be redoubled if we are to meet the goal of a two-thirds reduction in child deaths and a 50 percent reduction in hunger by the end of 2015. Join GBCHealth, World Vision and DSM, a company active in health and nutrition, for the second segment of a three-part series on the health-related MDGs, to discuss the ways in which the public and private sectors can work to reduce needless child deaths. RSVP today.
September 12–13 | Accra, Ghana
GBCHealth’s Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA), in partnership with Roll Back Malaria, will convene a two-day private sector-targeted workshop in Accra, Ghana, to examine the challenges and opportunities related to initiating and improving indoor residual spraying (IRS) and malaria control activities in workplaces, communities and at large. The event aims to increase corporate engagement in malaria control and strengthen the network of private and public stakeholders working toward a common goal of reduced malaria prevalence in the region. Learn more.
We all know that prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. But it’s much harder to convince someone to eat a healthy diet or get on the treadmill than it is to prescribe a pill. While employers across the world are implementing wellness programs, until now there hasn’t been much official guidance on what those programs should include or how to get employees to participate.
Aiming to fill that gap, the Obama administration released rules this month on how to incentivize employee participation in workplace wellness programs through financial rewards. The Affordable Care Act will come into effect in 2014 and the new rules will “support workplace health promotion and prevention as a means to reduce the burden of chronic illness, improve health, and limit growth of health care costs, while ensuring that individuals are protected from unfair underwriting practices that could otherwise reduce benefits based on health status."
Read more from GBCHealth’s Joya Banerjee on what this will mean for companies.
GBCHealth spoke on the role of the private sector in fighting non-communicable diseases (NCDs) this month at the World Health Organization’s first conference on nutrition-related NCDs in Vienna.
The WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020 was attended by health ministers from throughout Europe. These health leaders spoke about the rise of childhood obesity and other alarming health problems in their countries and efforts underway to control and prevent them.
Eve Heyn, Manager of Communications and External Affairs at GBCHealth, spoke about the devastating economic impacts that NCDs have on businesses and outlined the role the private sector can play in combatting them.
The conference culminated in the adoption of a Vienna Declaration committing to taking action in European countries to address NCD risk factors, notably unhealthy diets and physical inactivity. Read more.
June 16–19 | Colombo, Sri Lanka
In advance of the 29th Board Meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Private Sector Delegation (PSD) to the Global Fund Board held its bi-annual meeting on June 16 to discuss key issues up for deliberation and to align on Board decisions. Eleven companies went on to the Board Meeting on June 18 and 19 to represent the private sector, led by Dr. Brian Brink, Private Sector Board Member and Chief Medical Officer at Anglo American plc, and Renuka Gadde, Private Sector Alternate Board Member and VP Global Health, BD.
The Board Meeting marked major changes in Board leadership. At the close of the meeting, Board Chair Simon Bland and Vice-Chair Mphu Ramatlapeng stepped down from their respective roles. Leadership of the Board was transferred to incoming Chair Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Minister of Health for the Republic of Indonesia, and Vice-Chair Madame Mirielle Guigaz, Former French Ambassador for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS and Communicable Diseases. The Board appointed Martin O’Malley, formerly of Standard Bank Group, as the new Inspector General for a six-year term beginning in September 2013. Major topics of discussion also included the risk management framework, governance, performance indicators and the ongoing transition to the new funding model.
Read more about key decisions and developments at the Board meeting.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is recruiting experts for its Technical Review Panel (TRP) to serve a three-year term starting in October 2013. The TRP is seeking senior level professionals with 10+ years of experience in HIV, tuberculosis and/or malaria, as well as health systems, community systems, and cross-cutting development experts. Qualified experts who bring a range of technical skills, expertise in the public and private sectors and civil society, and in-depth developing country experience are encouraged to apply. The closing date for applications is noon (GMT) on Wednesday, July 31.
The TRP is an independent panel of international experts that plays an essential role in assessing the technical soundness and strategic focus of grant funding requests received by the Global Fund. As an advisory body, the TRP also guides the Global Fund’s investments, program design and implementation to achieve the greatest impact.
More information on the application process and selection criteria can be found here.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a progress report this month that shows the achievements and gaps in meeting the eight anti-poverty targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), by their 2015 deadline.
The report shows that the global development community has halved the number of people living in extreme poverty, provided more than two billion people with access to improved sources of drinking water and reduced significantly the proportion of urban slum dwellers.
Further, the Secretary-General said that MDG targets on malaria, tuberculosis and HIV will be achieved. However, with fewer than 1,000 days until the deadline, there is a long way to go—particularly in the areas of reproductive, maternal and child health, sanitation, education and environmental sustainability. Read the full report.
Also, the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel recently released its report on the post-2015 development agenda, known as the “Sustainable Development Goals.” Paul Polman, CEO of GBCHealth member company Unilever, and Betty Maina, CEO of GBCHealth partner Kenyan Association of Manufacturers, serve on the panel. The new development goals will continue the work of the MDGs but will also address their shortcomings.
The report sets out 12 tentative goals—ranging from creating jobs to ensuring good nutrition—to be “debated, discussed and improved” in the coming year and a half. GBCHealth will facilitate broader private sector engagement in the upcoming Open Working Groups that will provide input. Read more.
Ray Chambers — GBCHealth Board Co-Chair and UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria — called for a significant scale-up of early antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment of HIV-positive people in The Huffington Post. The blog, co-authored by World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, follows the release of new WHO guidelines for treatment announced in Kuala Lumpur on June 30th at the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.
Dr. Evan Lee, Vice President, Global Health Programs and Access at Eli Lilly & Company, was recently appointed as the new Private Sector Board Member to the Coordinating Board of the Stop TB Partnership. Lee oversees Lilly’s portfolio of global health activities, including the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, and brings extensive experience in TB diagnostics and medicine access to the Coordinating Board.
GBCHealth Executive Director Michael Schreiber congratulated Lee on the appointment: “Evan brings a strong personal commitment to the TB cause, one that GBCHealth has seen in action,” Schreiber said. “We commend his leadership in ensuring TB perspectives are well represented on the global stage and look forward to working with him in his new role on the Stop TB Coordinating Board.”
In addition, South Africa's Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, was elected the Stop TB Partnership Chair last week. Motsoaledi, who joined the Board in 2010, said he looks "forward to working to forge transformative alliances involving partners from multiple sectors." Read more.
GBCHealth member ZMQ Development has received a Millennium Alliance Award for its Women Mobile Lifeline Channel, a mobile phone-accessible content channel that provides health information to millions of Indian women. The awards are bestowed by the Millennium Alliance – a new partnership between India’s Technology Development Board, USAID and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry - to recognize innovative responses to the health needs of low-socioeconomic populations across India and the world.
ZMQ created dedicated sub-channels for maternal and child health, reproductive health, family planning, home-based neonatal care and adolescent girls. To cater to the needs of India’s millions of semi-literate women, the channel uses “iconic language” with limited audio and text. The channels are designed to provide women with quality information and to connect them to Primary Health Centers and health institutions. Read more.
GBCHealth is proud to announce improved search functionality on its website. Search results can now be sorted or filtered in a variety of ways, including topic or date. All search results are listed on a single, scrollable page so users can easily scan for what they’re looking for.
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