GBCHealth today released its 2012 annual report. The report highlights GBCHealth’s many achievements from the year, which include:
Read GBCHealth 2012 Annual Report.
September 24 | New York, NY
The global health community has made significant progress toward reducing child and maternal deaths (Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5) but in too many countries, poor and marginalized communities are being excluded from these life-saving improvements. With only two years left to achieve the MDGs, concerted action is needed from all sectors to reach those "left behind" and to save the lives of millions of mothers and children. GBCHealth and World Vision will host an invitation-only breakfast meeting to identify the challenges and accelerate the private and not-for-profit sectors’ progress in the critical lead-up to 2015. Learn more.
Read World Vision's new report, "The Killer Gap," which analyzes where and why children are still dying and what can be done.
September 26 | Expert Connections Webinar
Applications and nominations for the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards are now open. Every year, the awards recognize companies doing outstanding work in global health. The 2013 winners were Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Novartis, ORTEC, Pfizer and Procter & Gamble.
Don’t miss your company’s chance to be honored for its great health work! To help you craft a winning application, GBCHealth will host a two-part webinar series that will provide all the guidance you need. Register now to join GBCHealth on September 26th at 9:30 a.m. EDT for the first in the series. Our in-house experts will introduce the process and application form step-by-step and provide detailed and actionable advice. The eight awards categories will be discussed, helping participants to make a strategic choice of which to enter. You’ll also hear from 2013 judge Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Government of Sweden, who will describe what judges are looking for and how to avoid common missteps.
Get a head start on your winning application and register today.
November 13 | Mumbai, India
With around 800 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world’s attention is focused on India. The global economic powerhouse was an early achiever in three MDGs, making great gains in education, HIV and tuberculosis and access to safe drinking water. However, the pace of change in preventing maternal and child deaths, reducing poverty and hunger and improving basic sanitation has been too slow to meet critical targets.
In response to this urgent need for action and to the Government of India’s 2012 commitment to ending child deaths within a generation, GBCHealth has partnered with the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Reliance Foundation, the International Center for Research on Women, the America India Foundation and the MDG Health Alliance to host a forum for business leaders to commit to accelerating achievement of India’s health goals. This forum will highlight companies engaged in successful health initiatives and high-impact public-private partnerships and will present new opportunities for business to invest in the areas where progress is most needed to achieve the health MDGs. Learn more.
November 13 | Nairobi, Kenya
Corporations are becoming sensitized to the growing burden of chronic diseases, particularly in the low- and middle-income countries where health care services may not be equipped to handle them. Integrating NCDs into Existing Health Interventions: From Theory to Practice, a sequel to the GBCHealth roundtable on Business Engagement on NCDs & Wellness in Africa, will provide an overview of Africa’s most pressing NCDs such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The workshop will highlight linkages between communicable and non-communicable diseases and delve into best practice examples of companies that have integrated NCD prevention, screening, treatment and education into existing HIV, TB and malaria programs. 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 for implementing comprehensive programs in their own workplace. RSVP here.
November 14 | Nairobi, Kenya
GBCHealth, the Government of Kenya’s Division of Malaria Control, NetsforLife and Sumitomo Chemical invite you to join our Business Engagement on Malaria in Kenya Roundtable, which will focus on accelerating local malaria control efforts in Kenya. The event will provide a forum for companies and major partners in malaria programming and funding to address challenges and future demands in Kenya. The roundtable will advocate, educate and encourage action from companies to protect their workforces and communities and identify ways in which the private sector can collaborate with the Government of Kenya in implementing the national malaria control strategy. RSVP here.
September 12—13 | Accra, Ghana
Convened by GBCHealth, Roll Back Malaria and the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA), the event brought together companies operating in West Africa, National Malaria Control Program Managers from 11 countries, World Health Organization representatives and leading researchers from the region.
The Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) workshop presented the latest research and covered such topics as partnering with governments, addressing the challenges of resistance and financing and evaluating corporate IRS programs.
Companies that attended included GBCHealth members AngloGold Ashanti, Bayer, Dow, GE, HEINEKEN, Lafarge, MosquitoZone, NLNG, Rio Tinto, SC Johnson, Vestergaard Frandsen and the non-profit RTI International. As a result of the workshop, three companies announced plans to start IRS for their employees and communities, two reported they would strengthen their data and surveillance programs and several others established new collaborations with host-country governments.
GBCHealth is pleased to welcome our newest Pfizer Global Health Fellow, Dr. Warachal Eileen Faison, who will continue to strengthen the GBCHealth workplace diabetes training program in China. Faison is the fourth of five consecutive Pfizer Fellows in 2012-2013 who work with the GBCHealth team in China on building and expanding the diabetes education program. Warachal has been with Pfizer since 2008 and is medical director in the Medicines Development Group, U.S. Medical Affairs.
GBCHealth launched this June the Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Education Workplace Training Program for companies in China. The program educates employees in the workplace about how to prevent diabetes, its risk factors and symptoms and how to manage it if it is diagnosed. The Pfizer Fellows are conducting the training sessions at numerous companies.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this month found that 114 million people in China are living with diabetes, the highest number in the world. That is almost 12 percent of the population, a higher prevalence rate than the U.S.
On September 24, during the UN General Assembly week, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Huffington Post and the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria are coordinating a social media campaign to call upon the world’s leaders to fully replenish the Global Fund and eradicate AIDS, TB and malaria. The social media campaign will be orchestrated via Thunderclap, a platform that allows millions of people to communicate the same message at the same time.
Join GBCHealth in supporting the Global Fund at this critical moment as it seeks a $15 billion replenishment to fund HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria programs in low- and middle-income countries. Together, we can #BeTheGeneration that defeats these diseases. Learn more and sign up for the campaign here.
September 24 | New York, NY
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), two of the leading global partnerships dedicating to improving health, will join with the Government of the Republic of Ghana to host a side event to the United Nations General Assembly. The Davos-style panel will focus on the theme, 21st Century Development: Harnessing the Power of Global Public-Private Partnerships in the Post-2015 Agenda, and will feature high-level speakers including Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul. For more information on this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 9—10 | Hanoi, Vietnam
Join the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Vietnam government at a roundtable discussion on Generating Shared Value by Investing in Health. Participants will include experts from multilateral organizations including UNAIDS, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Roll Back Malaria, the International Labour Organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Japan External Trade Organization and companies with business interests in the Vietnamese economy and consumer base.
In recent years, Vietnam has become increasingly attractive for foreign investment. The nation’s economy is growing briskly and sustainably, the population is increasing by a million people a year and over 54 percent of its more than 100 million inhabitants are now below the age of 30. However, the country continues to face a high burden of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, posing a significant obstacle to continued economic development if not effectively addressed by all members of the community, including the private sector. This workshop will explore ways of accelerating the “health dividend” for companies and generating shared value—in which companies help solve societal problems in ways that drive business opportunity—in Global Fund-supported programs. Learn more.
Shoval Dekel, a biomedical and project engineer at Jhpiego, a GBCHealth member, describes in a recent Forbes Q&A a device she is developing to help midwives save lives in developing countries. The “ePartogram” allows a midwife to enter data about a laboring mother’s progress on a tablet device, which alerts the midwife and provides guidance if complications arise and enables texting with a specialist at a nearby hospital. Clinical trials are anticipated to begin in March. Read Forbes Q&A.
GBCHealth member Teck this month is launching “Send One, Save One,” an e-postcard campaign that provides an opportunity to help save a child’s life while raising awareness about the devastating effects of zinc deficiency.
To participate, visit www.zincsaveslives.com and send an e-postcard to someone. For every e-postcard sent, Teck, one of the world’s largest producers of zinc, will donate 50 cents—enough for a zinc treatment to save a child’s life—to UNICEF in support of Teck’s zinc partnership program in India. Zinc treats diarrheal episodes, the second biggest killer of children worldwide.
Read more about Teck’s Zinc & Health program in our recent Insights Newsletter
December 3—5 | London, UK
The Thomson Reuters Foundation, a GBCHealth member, is presenting the Trust Women conference in partnership with the International Herald Tribune. The conference creates a platform for action by bringing together NGOs, heads of large corporations, law firms and pioneers and heroes in the field of women’s rights. Unlike many other events focused on this topic, Trust Women forges commitments to empower women to know and defend their rights.
This year’s conference will address women’s access to healthcare, human trafficking, modern-day slavery and the Arab Spring’s impact on women’s rights. Speakers will include Edna Adan, founder and director of the Edna Adan University Hospital in Somaliland, where she was foreign minster; Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts; Mona Eltahawy, journalist on Arab issues, author and gender expert; and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Read more.
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