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GBCHealth News and Opportunities | November 2012
  GBCHealth kicks off 2013 awards, hosts NCD event in Kenya


Join Levi Strauss, Pfizer, Anglo American and 40 Others in Opposing HIV Travel Restrictions

For World AIDS Day on December 1st, GBCHealth, UNAIDS and Levi Strauss & Co. are securing leading CEO signatures to call for an end to travel restrictions that still exist in 45 countries for HIV-positive travelers. Join us by Nov. 26th to be included in our press release. And please join our social media blitz on Nov. 28th by helping to spread the word through Twitter and Facebook. The Financial Times will run a full page ad featuring the CEO pledge during the week of World AIDS Day.

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Mark Dybul Named New Executive Director

Mark Dybul at GBCHealth 2012 ConferenceMark Dybul, a former United States Global AIDS Coordinator, was appointed Executive Director today of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Dybul is a member of GBCHealth’s Corporate Advisory Board and a longtime supporter of GBCHealth. “GBCHealth is delighted that Mark Dybul, who is not only an AIDS expert but a profound visionary, will lead the Global Fund,” said Michael Schreiber, Managing Director of GBCHealth. “Mark has the skills, passion and commitment to lead The Fund in its essential mission to attract and disburse resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria." 

Dybul is widely recognized as a visionary leader on global health for his role in helping create and then lead the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, which has been highly effective in helping limit and reverse the growth of HIV infection worldwide. He currently co-directs the Global Health Law Program at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.

Read more on Dybul’s appointment and on other Global Fund announcements

Lead a Session, Showcase Your Public Service Announcement at GBCHealth Conference 2013

Submit an abstract or PSA for the GBCHealth 2013 ConferenceGBCHealth is pleased to invite members and partners to submit ideas for sessions at our annual conference on May 15-17 in New York City. Leading a panel provides an opportunity to showcase and share best-in-class programs, partnerships and other ideas that advance the field of business action on global health. Interested presenters should submit an abstract to present a panel, workshop or short spotlight. We are especially interested in receiving submissions that highlight the power and potential of cross-sectoral partnerships to impact global health, with a focus on the unique role and influence of the private sector.

GBCHealth also is excited to introduce a new feature at this year’s conference: a Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest, “Inspiring Behavior Change.” When it comes to influencing people’s behavior through media, some of the most exciting and effective work today is done by corporate marketers. Read more

GBCHealth Participates in TEDMED's Great Challenges of Health and Medicine


GBCHealth's Shuma Panse has joined  TEDMED’s Great Challenges Program, which brings attention to 20 complex challenges in health and medicine through a series of online discussions and multi-disciplinary dialogues with thought leaders and experts. Panse, along with four other Challenge Team Members, will address the challenge of "Inventing Wellness Programs That Work." Together the team will explore what elements of workplace wellness programs lead to success and what types of innovations are key to effective, scalable interventions. We hope you will join the  TEDMED conversation and be part of the dialogue. Members can participate by submitting questions and posting comments about wellness on the TEDMED site here. In the coming weeks, Challenge Team Members will respond to questions and comments and later this year, teams will participate in live web events. Learn more

mHealth Summit 2012: 250 Speakers, 80 Robust Sessions, Discount for GBCHealth Members

December 3-5, 2012 | Washington, D.C.

mHealth SummitDon’t miss the 2012 mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C. Join over 250 speakers for three days of great content across 80 robust sessions. You’ll gain an understanding of emerging practices in mobile health that can improve access and quality of care while controlling costs.

GBCHealth is pleased to be a strategic affiliate of the mHealth Summit and offer its network $50 off a Full Access pass with code "GBCH12." A Full Access pass gets you access to a comprehensive conference program, exhibits and demonstrations focused on the fast-growing mHealth marketplace.

This is the one mobile health event you won’t want to miss! To register and learn more, visit

Thomson Reuters Foundation Holds Trust Women Conference

December 4-5, 2012 | London, United Kingdom

Thomson ReutersThe International Herald Tribune and the Thomson Reuters Foundation invite GBCHealth members to attend the inaugural Trust Women Conference in London on December 4-5, 2012.

The Trust Women Conference will bring together companies, policy makers and NGOs working on the front lines of women’s rights. Speakers include Queen Noor of Jordan, author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, maternal health activist Christy Turlington Burns and Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. Read more and register.


Driving Global Technological Innovations in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

October 22, 2012 | New York City

MGH and GBCHealth Symposium GBCHealth, in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health, hosted a half-day event on the role of technology in maternal and child health on October 22, in New York City. The forum explored how technological innovations, especially those delivered within existing health systems, have the potential to reduce death rates and improve health outcomes for women and children. Key stakeholders—engineers, clinicians, public health policy makers, entrepreneurs and private sector leaders—discussed how we can accelerate the development of improved technologies.

Speakers shared lessons learned from their work in technology development. Timothy Prestero of Design that Matters discussed the importance of inspiration, appearance and context in designing effective, user-friendly and affordable health tools in developing countries. Gary Cohen, Executive Vice president at BD, spoke of overcoming internal and external challenges to advance an innovative idea within a company and develop the product. Read more of the bold ideas shared at this event

GBCHealth’s Michael Schreiber at The Economist Conference

October 29, 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland

Economist Conference: New Responses to Non-Communicable Diseases GBCHealth’s Michael Schreiber, Managing Director and Co-President, shared private sector insights at The Economist Conference, New Responses to Non-Communicable Diseases: Strengthening Health Systems, Changing Behaviour. He highlighted that while NCDs are fundamentally a public problem, we need to deploy private sector resources to fill critical resource gaps in the public sector and improve health outcomes. “A lot of resources that sit in the private sector can be more effectively deployed. It's the use of media, it's the use of marketing techniques and tools – as you get more complex issues, there is so much research, knowledge and investment in core capacity in the private sector,” he said, adding that it’s essential “to unlock that and to allow the private sector to be engaged.”

Read more insights from the event

GBCHealth at London City Health 2012 Conference

October 22-23, 2012 | London, United Kingdom

2012 City Health ConferenceNatalya Podogova, Director of GBCHealth Russia, spoke about the role of city and government policies in creating smoke-free environments in public spaces and workplaces at the London City Health 2012 Conference. Using  Russia as an example, Podogova said that 40 percent of the population smokes. But the country is close to adopting a federal tobacco control law that includes 100 percent smoke-free policies, including smoke-free workplaces. Podogova also presented challenges and lessons learned by countries, cities and businesses when implementing tobacco control laws.

City Health 2012 provided a forum to discuss and disseminate intervention models, experiences and research from around the world to foster healthier cities while taking into account cultural and economic differences. Conference speakers and participants included city officials, policy makers, scientists, industry and commerce representatives. City Health 2013 will be held in Glasgow. More information and speaker presentations can be found at


FHI 360 World AIDS Day Blog to Examine HIV Issues

FHI 360 FHI 360, a non-profit human development organization, has partnered on AIDS issues for 30 years. Leading up to World AIDS Day 2012, FHI 360 staffers will look at next steps needed to tackle the epidemic on the FHI 360 blog. They will examine new enhancements in the testing and treatment of women during pregnancy and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. They will also look at closing some of the gaps in HIV treatment and service. Look for the blogs beginning Nov. 26 at


Join Companies in Opposing HIV Travel Restrictions

Mark Dybul Named New Executive Director

Lead a Session, Showcase Your PSA at GBCHealth Conference 2013

GBCHealth Participates in TEDMED's Great Challenges of Health and Medicine

mHealth Summit 2012: 250 Speakers, 80 Robust Sessions, Discount for GBCHealth Members

Thomson Reuters Foundation Holds Trust Women Conference

Driving Global Technological Innovations in Maternal and Child Health

GBCHealth’s Michael Schreiber at The Economist Conference

GBCHealth at London City Health 2012 Conference

FHI 360 World AIDS Day Blog to Examine Key HIV Issues


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Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) Annual Members' Meeting

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Improving Health in China - Honoring Gabriel Jaramillo and the Global Fund

Shanghai, China


Adding Diabetes to the Mix: Workplace Wellness Programs



Application Deadline - 2013 Business Action on Health Awards



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