November 13 | 9:00 AM—5:00 PM | Mumbai, India
Companies with operations in India are invited to join GBCHealth and partners for a forum in Mumbai on business and health. The event will feature more than 25 inspiring speakers, including CEOs and leaders from the Reliance Foundation, Tata Consultancy Services, Britannia, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, UNICEF, World Bank and more.
With about 800 days remaining to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world is focused on India. The nation struggles with the highest newborn, child and maternal deaths in the world with 1.6 million children under age 5 and 56,000 pregnant women dying every year, along with poor sanitation and hygiene serving as major barriers to saving lives. Success in accelerating change and achieving the health MDGs will depend on the degree to which India’s business community engages and focuses its efforts where they are needed most.
The day-long forum is organized by GBCHealth in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Reliance Foundation, the International Center for Research on Women, the American India Foundation, the UN Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and the MDG Health Alliance. It will provide business leaders with an opportunity to learn how companies can successfully engage in health initiatives and invest for greatest results. Reserve your seat today.
November 12 | 9:30—10:30 AM ET | 1:30—2:30 PM UTC | Part 2 of the Business Action on Health Awards Series
Register now to join GBCHealth for an Expert Connections webinar designed to provide you with guidance on how to submit a successful application for the 2014 GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards. The second of a two-part series, this webinar will offer a much deeper dive into the application process. GBCHealth's resident awards experts will go through the entry form question by question, drawing on years of experience to provide specific, actionable advice. Case studies of winning applications from previous years will be discussed so attendees will see how this advice translates to the real world. The webinar also will feature a judge and winner from last year’s awards to share their experiences and insights. This will be your last chance to get access to this expertise, which could give you a winning edge. Don’t miss out! Learn more.
If you missed Part 1 of the series, GBCHealth Awards: Kicking Off Your Winning Application, you can read a detailed overview here.
BD and the World Health Organization (WHO), together with Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partners, announced last month a commitment to develop and launch the Odon Device, an obstetrical instrument for assisting the delivery of newborns during troublesome labor.
The Odon Device is designed to gently deliver newborns through the birth canal during complicated second-stage labor. GBCHealth member BD will use its core competencies in medical device design, quality systems, process design and manufacturing to develop the Odon Device and establish high-scale, low-cost production. BD will offer affordable access pricing in developing countries. The device will initially be introduced in priority countries with a large burden of maternal deaths as determined by the WHO.
“Obstructed labor is a major killer of young women and adolescent girls,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO. “The Odon Device offers a low-cost, simplified way to deliver babies and protect mothers when labor is prolonged. It promises to transfer life-saving capacity to rural health posts, which almost never have the facilities and staff to perform a C-section.” Read more.
November 5 | 10:00—11:00 AM ET | 3:00—4:00 PM UTC | Webinar
Join the UN Global Compact, UN Women, GBCHealth and the RAISE Health Initiative on November 5th at 10:00 AM ET for a global health and human rights webinar exploring best practices for meeting the health needs of women workers in factories and supply chains. The webinar will feature a panel discussion about activities that companies can undertake to achieve gender-specific development goals that respect and support human rights. It also will highlight the business benefits of companies addressing women’s health in their workplaces and supply chains, including healthier workers, improved productivity and compliance, reduced absenteeism and greater social well-being. Register here.
November 13 | 8:00 AM—2:00 PM | Nairobi, Kenya
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are an increasingly critical issue across the globe, including Africa where the world's largest increases in NCD deaths are expected to occur by 2020. GBCHealth's Integrating NCDs into Existing Health Interventions: From Theory to Practice will provide an overview of Africa’s most pressing NCDs—including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease—and highlight linkages between communicable and non-communicable diseases. Participants will delve into best practice examples of companies that have integrated NCD prevention, screening, treatment and education within existing HIV, TB and malaria platforms. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the need for integrated and comprehensive care, a guide to the integration process and concrete tools and resources to implement comprehensive programs in their own workplaces. Register today.
November 14 | 8:00 AM—5:00 PM | Nairobi, Kenya
The Business Engagement on Malaria in Kenya Roundtable, hosted by GBCHealth, NetsforLife and Sumitomo Chemical, will provide a forum for companies and major partners in malaria programming and funding to address current malaria challenges and future demands in Kenya. The roundtable will aim to educate and encourage action from companies in their own workforces and communities and identify ways that the private sector can collaborate with the Government of Kenya in implementing the national malaria control strategy. Register today.
November 12 | 6:00—8:30 PM | New York, NY
The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), a first-ever initiative to bring the resources and know-how of Japan’s public and private sectors to fund and support global health R&D internationally, will host a panel discussion on the role of partnerships in addressing malaria, TB, HIV and neglected tropical diseases. The event and reception, cohosted by the New York Academy of Sciences and Japan Society, will include prominent speakers such as Peter Piot, the Founding Executive Director of UNAIDS, and Ann Veneman, former Executive Director of UNICEF. Learn more.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently announced that its Fourth Replenishment Conference will be hosted by the United States in Washington D.C. on December 3, 2013. The replenishment aims to secure $15 billion in funding for the Global Fund to support countries in fighting HIV, TB and malaria in 2014-2016. To date, major donors including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and the Nordic alliance of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland have announced pledges totaling up to $4.5 billion, and President Barack Obama’s budget request earlier this year called for a U.S. contribution of $1.65 billion in 2014.
Full replenishment is a shared responsibility that requires a joint effort of all global health stakeholders, including the private sector. Companies can contribute to the replenishment in a number of ways, including making a one-time or multi-year monetary pledge, co-investing in projects implemented by Global Fund grant recipients in developing countries or participating in the Global Fund governance structures to ensure that resources are invested strategically and for greatest impact. GBCHealth coordinates the Private Sector Delegation (PSD), a group of active companies that brings the business voice to the Global Fund Board. For more information on the PSD, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECENT EVENT COVERAGE
September 24 | New York, NY
GBCHealth and World Vision International held a UN General Assembly side event last month where business and health leaders identified ways to accelerate reductions in child and maternal deaths.
The event, which drew a large corporate audience as well as government and non-profit representatives, drove at why we’re not reaching the global goals set by world leaders to reduce child and maternal deaths and what we can do to speed up progress. Speakers called for more selective and targeted action to save more lives during this critical window.
“We need a massive focused global effort,” said Leith Greenslade,” Co-Chair of the Child Health Pillar of the MDG Health Alliance. “We need everyone working on the right set of challenges, we need everyone working on the leading causes of maternal and child death. It may surprise some people in the room to realize that we haven’t been doing that.”
Other speakers included leaders from World Vision International and General Electric (GE) Africa, Niger Health Minister Manou Aghali and Ray Chambers, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Health and Medical Editor at ABC News, moderated. Read more.
September 17—18 | Bangkok, Thailand
CSR Asia, in partnership with GBCHealth and others, held a summit on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Asia on Sept 17-18 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event brought together more than 450 delegates from over 200 companies and organizations worldwide. Business leaders and CSR experts identified key challenges and potential solutions to integrating CSR into core business practices and building sustainable relationships with key partners.
GBCHealth’s session, “The Future of Health,” was moderated by Executive Director Michael Schreiber and focused on developing innovative engagement opportunities for the private sector to help meet Asia’s public health challenges in the coming years. Representatives from BD, Pfizer, International Planned Parenthood Federation and FHI 360 shared best practices on how their programs and services addressed societal needs and aligned with company CSR and business goals. Learn more.
The Roadmap for Childhood TB: Towards Zero Deaths, the first action plan developed specifically on tuberculosis (TB) and children, was launched last week by global TB leaders including the Stop TB Partnership, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Every day, more than 200 children under the age of 15 die from TB. The roadmap outlines 10 actions that, if implemented, could save more than 74,000 children from preventable TB-related deaths each year. GBCHealth is partnering with the Stop TB Partnership on a TB initiative, supported by BD, in southern Africa. Read more.
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released last month a plan that calls for greater coordinated action among different development sectors to tackle malaria. The “Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria,” released alongside the UN General Assembly, provides an operational roadmap for identifying key steps, expected outcomes and capacities needed to integrate malaria control into broader development processes.
The framework has great relevance to malaria prevention and control efforts led by the CAMA (Corporate Alliance for Malaria in Africa) program, which GBCHealth coordinates, and by GBCHealth member companies. "It encompasses many of the initiatives that GBCHealth and CAMA members have been advancing in workplace and community programs, socioeconomic development and synergies with other sectors," said Michael Macdonald, co-chair of Roll Back Malaria's Vector Control Working Group. "As the framework evolves, it will provide GBCHealth and CAMA members with greater opportunities for collaboration through a variety of sectors." Read more.
For companies committed to improving child health, there is no greater high-impact opportunity than targeting two of the leading causes of child death—pneumonia and diarrhea. Together, they cause 1.7 million child deaths every year and one quarter of all child deaths, most of which occur in India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and Ethiopia—countries with large populations and high child death rates.
Leading non-government organizations in child survival have joined forces with governments to release specific investment opportunities in 10 high-impact countries. The report, "Financing Diarrhea and Pneumonia Treatment Gaps," aims to increase the number of children who receive oral rehydration salts and zinc tablets for diarrhea and amoxicillin for pneumonia. If sick children in these 10 countries received these treatments, the deaths of 1 million children could be prevented by the end of 2015, the report said.
The report stressed that accelerating reductions in child pneumonia and diarrhea deaths are key to achieving Millennium Development Goal 4, which seeks to reduce by two-thirds between 1990—2015 the global death rate for children under age 5. Read more.
Disney made an animated film in 1943 called The Winged Scourge, an antimalarial short film featuring the Seven Dwarfs. It was the first in a series of animated propaganda shorts dealing with public health issues and the only one to feature established Disney characters.
Watch the Disney malaria video.