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GBCHealth News and Opportunities | June 2012
amfAR and GBCHealth to Co-Host Gala on Eve of International AIDS Conference


Join Business and Health Luminaries at the GBCHealth/amfAR Gala in D.C.

July 21, 2012 | Washington, D.C.

Celebrate advances in the fight against AIDS and kick off the 19th International AIDS Conference at the GBCHealth and amfAR gala dinner on July 21. The event will honor Bill Gates and include special guests Mathilde Krim, Sharon Stone and Nancy Pelosi and feature a performance by Jessye Norman. The evening will highlight the importance of cross-sector partnerships in the fight against AIDS and inspire participants to renew their efforts to end the epidemic. The dinner will be followed by a spectacular UN-hosted concert. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Learn more

On July 26, GBCHealth is hosting a satellite session that examines how our Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation/Kenya is bringing together the public and private sectors to work toward halving the incidence of HIV among Kenyan's youth. Read more

CEO Call-to-Action: Join GBCHealth, UNAIDS, Levi Strauss in Pledge to End Travel Restrictions for HIV+ Individuals

Join UNAIDS and Levi Strauss & Co. to Help Lift HIV Travel Bans

Discriminatory travel restrictions due to HIV status still exist in 47 countries. GBCHealth is partnering with UNAIDS and Levi Strauss & Co. to secure the commitment of private sector CEOs to help end these restrictions.

GBCHealth will announce this historic CEO pledge on July 21 at the GBCHealth/amfAR gala, Together to End AIDS, in Washington, D.C. UNAIDS will also showcase the pledge at the International AIDS Conference, which takes place July 22-27 in Washington, and on WORLD AIDS DAY 2012. The private sector can influence governments to lift these archaic and discriminatory restrictions. Please join Levi Strauss, H&M and other corporate leaders in this pledge to end discrimination. Read more

Family Planning and HIV Services Together Increase Efficiency and Impact

Issue Brief from FHI 360 and GBCHealth

New Family Planning and HIV Services Issue BriefFHI 360 and GBCHealth are pleased to launch an Issue Brief entitled Family Planning and HIV Services: Increased Efficiency and Impact Through Integration. The brief highlights the importance of the integration of family planning and HIV services. Part of a series of issue briefs produced by GBCHealth's Healthy Women, Healthy Economies initiative, the document reviews scientific evidence and programmatic experiences from Africa and Asia and concludes that integrating these two critical health services is beneficial for numerous reasons.

Companies running or supporting workplace and community HIV programs can use these platforms to extend family planning services to program beneficiaries. Read Issue Brief

To hear more about family planning and HIV integration, listen to a presentation by Rose Wilcher of FHI 360 on an GBCHealth Expert Teleconference.

Companies Engaged in Argentina's HIV/AIDS Response Meet at Fundación Huésped Forum

June, 14, 2012 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

GBCHealth's Sancia Dalley Presents at a Private Sector Meeting on HIV/AIDS in ArgentinaFundación Huésped and GBCHealth co-sponsored a forum on June 14 entitled Companies Involved in the Response to HIV/AIDS Initiative. The event attracted more than 100 participants from 30 companies and organizations to highlight gaps in the delivery of HIV services and to share best practices on HIV/AIDS in Argentina. A key takeaway was the need for business advocacy on non-discrimination and stigma in the workplace. Fundación Huésped, a non-profit partner of GBCHealth in Argentina, announced a new project that will deliver training for companies in workplace program development related to stigma reduction and elimination of discriminatory practices.

GBCHealth’s Sancia Dalley spoke at the conference and called for senior corporate executives to sign on to a regional workplace non-discrimination pledge. Companies were recognized for their work in responding to HIV/AIDS, including GBCHealth members Coca-Cola Company and Brinks Company. Read the event takeaway


Expert Connections Teleconference: Upcoming Three-Part Series on AIDS, Diabetes and GBCHealth Awards

HIV, Diabetes and GBCHealth Business Awards Addressed in Upcoming Teleconference SeriesEach month, the top minds in health share important insights via GBCHealth’s Expert Connections series, in-depth teleconferences that explore the latest advances, developments and challenges in global health. GBCHealth is excited to launch three new series: on HIV/AIDS, diabetes and the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards. Each three-part series will address an issue in depth: The latest in HIV prevention and treatment; the role of business in diabetes prevention; and all about the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards. Learn more

We hope you will join GBCHealth on June 27, 2012 for the first session of the HIV/AIDS Expert Connections Teleconference series.

HIV Prevention Breakthroughs and What They Mean for Your Company

June 27, 2012, 9:30 – 10:30 AM EST | Virtual

Join HIV Prevention Experts on June 27 Teleconference

Over the past two years, several dramatic breakthroughs in HIV prevention are giving the international community new hope that HIV infection rates can be halted and reversed. Join Dr. Robert Grant from the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, Dr. Richard Wamai from Northeastern University and Dr. Murray Coombs of Unilever to discuss treatment as prevention, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, medical male circumcision and workplace interventions for HIV prevention.

Read more and RSVP

Global Fund Business Forum | Investing in Asia-Pacific: Public Private Partnerships in Health

July 11-12, 2012 | Bangkok, Thailand

The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in partnership with GBCHealth, Thailand Business Coalition on AIDS, Friends of the Global Fund Japan and Pacific Friends of the Global Fund, is holding a Business Forum for leading companies with interests in the Asia-Pacific. Attendees will learn about the unique health needs in the region while interacting with business leaders and officials from the Government of Thailand. Participants will also have a first-hand opportunity to visit two Global Fund programs in Thailand. More information can be found here.


Working With Companies To Build An HIV-Free Generation | Private Sector Meeting

May 3, 2012 | Mombasa, Kenya

Business Helps Build HIV-Free Generation in KenyaGBCHealth Kenya held in May its second of three private sector convenings on the Partnership For An HIV-Free Generation (HFG). HFG is an innovative public-private partnership that aims to halve HIV incidence among Kenyan youth. The meeting brought together 48 participants from 20 companies, four business associations and 10 NGOs. The meeting outlined opportunities for additional businesses to participate in HFG through new partnerships and connected companies to U.S. government implementing partners working in the Coast Province of Kenya. Learn more about the HFG initiative

GBCHealth Members Lead Efforts to End Preventable Child Deaths

June 14, 2012 | Washington, D.C.

PPPs Formed to Help End Preventable Child DeathsConvened by the governments of the United States, Ethiopia and India, and organized in close collaboration with UNICEF, the Child Survival Call to Action Forum kicked off on June 14 in Washington, D.C. The two-day event focused on one goal: ending preventable child deaths. The forum brought together 700 prominent leaders from government, the private sector, faith-based organizations and civil society to map out efforts to significantly reduce the number of children who die before their fifth birthday.

The critical role of the private sector in improving the health of children globally was demonstrated throughout the forum and reinforced with the announcement of public-private partnerships that will take on several critical areas, including providing mobile technology to health workers in developing countries and scaling up zinc distribution to end child diarrhea deaths. The partnerships included GBCHealth members Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Teck Resources and Save the Children. GBCHealth member BD also spoke at the event. Read about the new public-private partnerships.

Publication Launched on TB/HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care in the Workplace

The World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization recently launched a publication on the business role in stopping TB in the workplace. The report, Working Together with Business, was developed with input from GBCHealth and its member companies. The publication highlights the benefits to businesses and governments in addressing TB and TB/HIV in the workplace, recommends effective approaches and presents guiding principles to help the private sector initiate and scale up TB and HIV prevention, diagnosis treatment and care. Read the report

To learn more about how business can address TB, explore GBCHealth's TB Tools and Resources.


OraSure In-Home HIV Test Tnanimously Approved by FDA Advisory Panel

OraSure's Rapid Over-the-Counter HIV Test Recommended for Approval by FDAOraSure Technologies, Inc.'s rapid over-the-counter HIV test has been recommended for approval by an advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If the full FDA follows the panel’s recommendation, Americans may soon be able to test themselves for the HIV virus in their own homes.

The panel of experts voted 17-0 in favor of the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, which uses a mouth swab with results returned in 20 minutes. The FDA is expected to vote on the product later this year. The test would the first ever over-the-counter, completely in-home HIV test. Read OraSure Press Release

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Resources, Available on New Website

The CDC’s Public-Private Partnerships in PEPFAR Countries Project (CDC P4) has launched a website to share information on the project’s activities, lessons learned and best practices in PPPs. The site highlights new developments in PPPs managed through CDC P4 and includes resources like a toolkit for companies and organizations interested in creating a PPP. Visit the website

The project supports the scale-up of public-private alliance building in countries targeted by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative in the effort to meet PEPFAR’s HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment goals. Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. serves as the Secretariat for the initiative. Learn more about Cardno


July 21 GBCHealth/amfAR Gala in D.C.

CEO Call-to-Action: Join Pledge to End Travel Restrictions for HIV+ Individuals

Family Planning & HIV Services Together Increase Impact

Fundación Huésped Private Sector Forum on HIV/AIDS

Expert Connections Series on AIDS, Diabetes & GBCHealth Awards

HIV Prevention Technologies & What They Mean for Your Company

Global Fund Business Forum on PPPs in Asia-Pacific

Companies Working to Build An HIV-Free Generation

GBCHealth Members Lead Efforts to End Preventable Child Deaths

Publication Launched on TB/HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment & Care in the Workplace

OraSure In-Home HIV Test Unanimously Approved by FDA Advisory Panel

PPP Resources, Best Practices Available on New CDC P4 Website


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Summer Camp for AIDS Impacted Children

Beijing, China


Expert Connections Teleconference: HIV Prevention Breakthroughs



Investing in Asia-Pacific: Public Private Partnerships in Health

Bangkok, Thailand


Together to End AIDS Dinner

Washington, D.C.


Working with the Private Sector to Build an HIV-Free Generation

Washington, D.C.


CSR Asia Summit: Local Innovation for Global Challenges

Beijing, China


Family Planning and HIV Services: Increased Efficiency and Impact Through Integration

2012 GBCHealth Conference Takeaways & Videos

Private Sector Opportunities in Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

2012 Business Action on Health Awards Case Studies