Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J. and one of the country’s most innovative urban leaders, will speak at the GBCHealth Conference’s Gala Reception on May 16. A noted public health advocate, Booker has successfully implemented many programs that improve the livelihoods of Newark citizens through crime reduction, education reform and the expansion of city parks.
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In honor of World TB Day (Sunday, March 24th) GBCHealth reached out to five inspiring leaders who are waging the business fight against tuberculois. We wanted to explore what fuels their personal commitment to ending TB. Chevron’s Dr. James Allen, BD’s Renuka Gadde, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Phangisile Mtshali Manciya, RTI International’s Doris J. Rouse and Johnson & Johnson’s Paul Stoffels each share their personal passions and professional commitment.
In other World TB Day news, Africa’s mining sector and its response to the TB challenge was the focus of a special meeting in Johannesburg hosted by GBCHealth, the Aurum Institute and the Stop TB Partnership. Read more.
Visit the GBCHealth page on World TB Day 2013 to explore more of the great work and events our network is promoting in the fight against TB.
** Special Webinar **
April 5, 2013 | 9 AM EDT | Part 1 of the Global Fund Expert Connections Webinar Series
Join GBCHealth in an Expert Connections webinar and hear from the Global Fund's new Executive Director on how private sector companies can engage with the Global Fund. This webinar is the first in a three-part series on private sector partnerships with the Global Fund and will provide a valuable opportunity for companies to engage in a discussion with the Global Fund’s new ED about the organization’s private sector strategy in 2013. Learn how your company can make its biggest impact in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria. Register now or learn more.
If your company has contributed in any capacity to the work of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria between 2010 to 2012, we invite you to take an important survey that will help the Global Fund develop its engagement witht the private sector. Support can range from providing discounted drugs to providing pro bono expertise to making indirect contributions such as strengthening the health systems in Global Fund grant recipient countries. The survey is a project of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the Global Fund and is being conducted by GBCHealth, Abt Associates and TropMed Pharma Consulting. The online survey on will be distributed by GBCHealth this month. Contact Private Sector Focal Point Whitney White or visit our website for further information.
April 8 | 10 AM EDT | Part 2 of the Cities, Business & Health Series
Can changes in urban design positively impact the health of citizens? Join GBCHealth and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for the second part of the 2013 Expert Connections webinar series, "Cities, Business and Health," as we explore the growing evidence that urban design is, in fact, a major influencer of health. We will look at real-world examples of design and infrastructure projects that have improved health outcomes and explore the ways in which companies can drive positive change. RSVP today!
April 8-10 | Singapore
GBCHealth, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore, will moderate a session entitled Sustainable Corporate Engagement in Public Health Issues at the World Health Summit’s Regional Meeting in Singapore. The April 9th session, which will focus on best practices in designing public-private partnerships to meet Asia’s health needs, will feature three GBCHealth members: BD, International SOS and Standard Chartered Bank. Each speaker will discuss their organization’s strategy for creating sustainable health initiatives that align with their corporate mission. This conference will be the first regionally-focused meeting of the World Health Summit and over 800 delegates are expected to attend. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will open the event. Learn more and register to attend.
February 28, 2013 | Johannesburg
GBCHealth welcomed member companies, international health agencies and African leaders for our member meeting in Johannesburg on February 28th. About 120 participants from 69 companies and 10 non-governmental organizations were joined by Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, First Lady of Zambia; Bongi Ngema-Zuma, First Lady of South Africa; Dr. Malick Diop, Deputy Mayor of Dakar; and Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg.
Dr. Kaseba, an obstetrician and gynecologist, delivered a keynote speech about pooling resources in the business community and working alongside governments to improve maternal and child health in Zambia and South Africa. Highlights also included discussions on the progress of HIV therapy in South Africa, Dakar’s malaria elimination agenda, action against TB by Africa’s mining sector and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Private Sector Constituency.
The results are in and GBCHealth is delighted to announce a stellar group of awards finalists this year. The range and diversity of applicants was particularly noteworthy – from small tech startups to multinational retail brands and pharmaceutical companies. Some programs were impressive for their scale, reach and comprehensiveness; others excited with game-changing ideas addressing unique public health challenges (at least two make ingenious use of shipping containers). We were also heartened to see applications from across the globe and count among our finalists companies from Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, Turkey, China, Nigeria, Guatemala and Kenya – to name a few. View the full list and read more about some of today’s most innovative global health programs. Winners will be announced on May 1st – stay tuned!
GBCHealth is looking for a few good volunteers to help at our 2013 Conference on May 15 – 17 in New York City. Conference volunteers work in various roles, including assisting with registration, guiding our guests to meeting rooms, and supporting key staff and sessions. Although the work is generally behind the scenes, there are plentiful opportunities to attend sessions on the most pressing global health issues of our day and meet attendees, who include business and health leaders. Volunteer candidates should be people-oriented, flexible and energetic. Sign up for one or more shifts here.
The GBCHealth web site now features corporate health news through our partnership with 3BL, a news and content distribution platform. These daily updates will keep our readers up to date on the work of companies active in corporate social responsibility and health. Stay on top of your beat by reading our 3BL daily news feed.
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April 10, 2013 | Webinar
Join GBCHealth members Merck and PATH for a webinar focused on the importance of advancing innovations with the greatest potential to save women’s lives during pregnancy and childbirth. PATH and Merck, through its Merck for Mothers initiative, will introduce the findings from their year-long collaboration to identify health technologies that will have a sustainable impact on reducing maternal mortality. During this one hour webinar, panelists will:
Panelists include Dr. Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers; Claudia Harner-Jay, Senior Commercialization Officer, PATH; and Tara Herrick, Commercialization Officer/Analytics, PATH. To attend this webinar, register here.
By Whitney White, Focal Point, Global Fund Private Sector Delegation
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, released to wide acclaim in 2012 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo, tells the story of the inhabitants of Annawadi, a slum in the shadows of Mumbai's international airport, as they struggle to reach "the full enjoy" of the better lives they can glimpse in the city around them.
A teenager whose father is sick from tuberculosis strives to raise his large family into the middle class through a business trading recyclable garbage. The daughter of the slum's aspiring first female slumlord hopes herself to be Annawadi's first female college graduate. A malnourished orphan steals scrap metal in hopes of earning enough to buy food and finally start growing. Another local man, too sick with heart disease to work, desperately tries to scrape together enough money to pay for a surgery to replace his heart valve so he can resume work and support his family.
The challenges facing Annawadians are human and systemic; health challenges abound – dengue fever and malaria thrive in the slum's large sewage lake – and are complicated by poor economic and educational opportunities, political corruption, and socioeconomic tensions linked to religion, caste and sex. This complicated network of interlocking and compounding obstacles suggests the need for an equally complicated multifaceted and cross-sector solution to the global health and development challenges Annawadians navigate on a daily basis.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers was the 2012 National Book Award winner in nonfiction. But it is told with the vibrant detail, humor and attention to the inner lives, dreams and motivations of its "characters" that shine in the best narrative fiction.
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