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GBCHealth News and Opportunities | March 2012
Bill Gates to be Honored at GBCHealth and amfAR Dinner in Washington, D.C.

GBCHealth and amfAR to Host Dinner at IAS XIX. Bill Gates is Honoree. Join Us!

July 21, 2012 | Washington, D.C.

Together to End AIDS: An amfAR and GBCHealth Benefit

Join amfAR and GBCHealth for a historic event kicking off the 19th International AIDS Conference, the first to be held in the U.S. in 22 years. Bill Gates will be receive amfAR’s coveted Award of Courage. “Together to End AIDS” will also salute the essential role that business has played in driving progress on HIV/AIDS, in the workplace and in the world at large. And it will pay tribute to the spirit of collaboration that has underpinned our progress in the fight against AIDS. “Together to End AIDS” promises to be the most eagerly anticipated and unforgettable event of the International AIDS Conference. Don’t miss it!

Sponsorships and tickets are now available. Learn more


Michel Sidibé, Eric Goosby and Cheyenne Jackson Join List of Leaders Speaking at GBCHealth'12 Conference

May 14-15, 2012 | New York City

GBCHealth Conference 2012 Speakers

The list of leaders to speak at the GBCHealth Conference and Awards Dinner keeps growing. Recent additions include: Michel Sidibé, executive director for UNAIDS; Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers; Nancy Brinker, CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Broadway and TV star Cheyenne Jackson will help kick off the GBCHealth Awards Dinner, a celebration of business leadership on global health. Tickets are selling quickly. Don't miss out.

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Seeking Students & Young Professionals to Report from the GBCHealth Conference

Social Media Corps Applications Due March 28

Applications Open for GBCHealth Social Media Corps

GBCHealth is looking for motivated, digital-savvy students and young professionals to cover the GBCHealth Conference and Awards Dinner. Contest winners will have the opportunity to attend the conference and learn first-hand from leading business executives, policy makers and thought leaders about how business can drive change in global health. Corps members will use social media leading up to and during the event to tell the story of business engagement in global health through words, photos and video. Learn more.



Raising TB Awareness in Russia via Media Partnerships

Inspired by the USAID-funded project, “Maximizing Corporate Engagement in Combating TB in Russia,” GBCHealth Russia is implementing a two-year media campaign to disseminate TB prevention messages to the public. The campaign will leverage the vast reach of Russian television, cinemas and public video displays. On World TB Day, GBCHealth Russia will launch a public service announcement (PSA), depicting a satirical animation of individuals wearing spacesuits to avoid TB infection. The PSA will raise awareness of TB and promote information sources, including, a Russian hub of TB information. This project was made possible, thanks to the commitment of several Russian media companies.

Mobilizing Volunteers to Promote TB Prevention and Control in China

Mobilizing Volunteers for TB Awareness

GBCHealth China is helping the Chinese CDC establish a volunteer initiative to mobilize volunteers to participate in TB education and awareness-raising efforts at the provincial and municipal level. Organized in partnership with the Ministry of Health, local health departments, the Gates Foundation and media partners, the year-long initiative will launch on March 22, 2012. Volunteers will educate their local communities on TB prevention and control.

Private Sector Supports Stop TB Partnership through Rebranding TB and Workplace Programs

Michael Shiu, Vice President of GBCHealth's Beijing office, recently served as an observer at the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board meeting in Bangkok from Jan. 30 – Feb. 1. At the forum, several entry points for business engagement to support Stop TB's work were identified, including: getting involved in the “Rebrand TB” initiative, which was highlighted in GBCHealth’s Expert Connections Teleconference on March 21, and implementing workplace initiatives to prevent and manage TB. This biannual Board meeting convenes leaders from governments, private sector and UN agencies to address the critical issues around TB and the actions taken by the global community to address them. GBCHealth members HEINEKEN and BD represent the Private Sector on the Coordinating Board.

GBCHealth Members Addressing TB

GBCHealth members are leading efforts to address TB worldwide

Doctors recently identified Totally-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (TDR-TB)NLNG and Partners Engage Local Community and Church to Prevent and Treat TB | Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Shell and ExxonMobil comprise the Join Industry Company (JIC), which is working through local religious organizations to promote TB awareness, prevention and treatment in Rivers State, Nigeria. At one recent event, health educators informed church members about the symptoms, treatment and prevention of TB. Within a couple of weeks the pastor reported that members were getting checkups and that some had tested positive for TB and had started treatment. Read more

BD Provides TB Toolkits with Video that Features Executives | BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) is raising employee awareness of TB and BD’s role in the fight against this disease with toolkits at all of its locations. The kit includes educational material, such as posters and fact sheets. It also includes a video that features BD executives expressing what progress they want to see in their lifetime in terms of TB. The video follows a World TB Day theme: “In my lifetime.” Read more

Gold Fields Ghana Screens and Educates Workforce and Community this World TB Day | Gold Fields Ghana, a gold producer, screens all employees for TB annually. This year, to commemorate World TB Day, the company is also working with the Ministry of Health and local communities to build awareness and support TB prevention and treatment with a TB-themed radio show and more. Read more

Private Sector Leadership in the Fight Against Malaria

What is your company doing?

World Malaria Day is April 25

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Smoke-Free Workplaces: Good for Business, Good for Health

April 19, 2012 | Moscow, Russia

Join GBCHealth and the World Health Organization for a roundtable discussion on workplace smoking bans.  This International Business Leaders Forum will bring together participants from both Russian and multilateral companies and governments to share best practices for establishing effective smoke-free workplace policies, discuss implementation challenges and examine the impact of smoke-free worksites on business and the workforce. The event will also hold a workshop on implementing smoking bans in public sites in Russia. Speakers will include GBCHealth President and CEO John Tedstrom, representatives from the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization. 

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Working with Companies to Build an HIV-Free Generation

March 8, 2012 | Nakuru, Kenya

HIV-Free Generation/Kenya

GBCHealth Kenya presented the Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation (HFG) to private sector representatives earlier this month and highlighted opportunities for corporate engagement. The event connected local companies with U.S. government implementing partners and drew more than 50 participants from 39 companies, five NGOs and representatives from the Kenyan Government. Most participants indicated an interest in learning more about working with HFG. Two additional private sector HFG meetings will be held this year. Learn more

GBCHealth Member Meeting Addresses Food Security, Male Involvement and More

February 27, 2012 | Johannesburg, South Africa

GBCHealth hosted its first Member Meeting in South Africa for 2012 in February. Sixty-four companies, including 48 members, attended the event. Discussion focused on how companies, multilaterals and government could leverage public-private partnerships to address health threats posed by agriculture, nutrition and food security issues and how to apply lessons learned from local health programs and experiences in addressing infectious diseases to the growing challenges of non-communicable diseases. Participants included Bongi Ngema Zuma, The First Lady of the Republic of South Africa; Councillor Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg; Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director UN World Food Programme; and Dr. Richard Kamwi, Minister of Health, Namibia, and Chairperson of Southern African Development Community Ministers of Health. Read more

GBCHealth Survey Results Are In: Maternal Health is a Top Priority for Companies

Business addresses maternal and child health

What you told us. A large majority of our members, nearly 70 percent, stated that maternal and child health was either a very high or a high priority for them.

What we are doing about it. During this year’s Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, GBCHealth will be hosting a Maternal Health panel that will feature Sarah Brown and other leaders in the field.  This panel will pinpoint several critical moments in a woman’s life where interventions can have a profound impact on maternal health. In addition, Healthy Women, Healthy Economies, an initiative within GBCHealth, is partnering with Accenture to develop a collective corporate action to advance shared goals around women and girls.

Does your organization agree with this focus?  Let us know!


Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Celebrate 100 Million+ Treatment Distributions in Three Years

World Malaria Day is April 25GBCHealth member Novartis, in partnership with the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), has distributed more than one hundred million treatments of Coartem Dispersible, an antimalaria drug developed just for children. In only three years, Novartis and MMV were able to distribute this pediatric artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) to 39 malaria-endemic countries. Together Novartis and MMV were able to quickly develop and distribute a much-needed new medicine for children who are victim to the vast majority of malaria deaths. With Coartem Dispersible, health care workers and parents don’t have to break up or crush adult tablets, making it difficult to give children the correct dose, and it’s cherry flavored so children don’t gag or spit out the bitter medicine that could save their lives. The partners also designed special packaging so that it’s easy to use and improves compliance -- and they used a without-profit pricing model.

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GBCHealth Member mothers2mothers Awarded Kravis Prize

Access to safe water is important to good health

mothers2mothers (m2m) was recently recognized for its outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the effort to end mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) in sub-Saharan Africa while also working to keep HIV-positive mothers healthy so that they can care for their children. The organization was awarded the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, which recognizes extraordinary accomplishment and bold leadership in the nonprofit sector. m2m’s “Mentor Mothers” initiative was recognized as a scalable, grassroots model that works with the existing healthcare system in an effort to end PMTCT and support HIV-positive mothers with medical care and job training.

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What We're Reading

Nisa Patel

Nisa Patel, Events Coordinator, In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar | Nominated for a Booker Prize in 2006, Hisham Matar’s debut novel portrays 9-year-old Suleiman’s struggle to come to terms with the angst and desire for rebellion under the heavy hand of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya. The story weaves together the voice of Suleiman as a child and as an adult, and the author is able to provide the reader with a sense of the emotional and societal state of families in middle-class Tripoli in the 1970s. Beautifully written and a quick read, you’ll be compelled to reread a number of passages.


IAS Dinner: amfAR, GBCHealth & Bill Gates

Michel Sidibé, Eric Goosby & Cheyenne Jackson Join List of Leaders Speaking at GBCHealth'12 Conference

Seeking Students, Young Professionals to Report from GBCHealth Conference

Raising TB Awareness in Russia via Media Partnerships

Mobilizing Volunteers for TB Prevention & Control in China

Private Sector Supports TB Rebrand & Workplace Programs

Members Addressing TB

Russia: Smoke-Free Workplaces

Kenya: Companies Help Build HIV-Free Generation

GBCHealth Survey Results: Maternal Health

Private Sector Leadership in Malaria

Novartis & Medicines for Malaria Celebrate 100 Million+ Treatment Distributions

mothers2mothers Awarded Kravis Prize

What We're Reading


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Smoke-Free Workplaces: Good for Business, Good for Health

Moscow, Russia


Global Fund Annual Private Sector Delegation Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland


GBCHealth Conference and Awards Dinner

New York, New York


Candlelight Memorial to Reduce HIV/AIDS Stigma

Beijing, China


Summer Camp for AIDS Impacted Children

Beijing, China


Together to END AIDS Dinner

Washington, D.C.


GBCHealth Global Fund Annual Report

Competing by Saving Lives: How Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies Create Shared Value

Tuberculosis | Advocacy & Leadership Intervention: Eli Lilly and Company

Drug-Resistant TB: Why it Matters