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GBCHealth News and Opportunities | September 2012
GBCHealth Conference 2013

Save the date for GBCHealth Conference 2013: May 15-17 in New York City

Save the date for GBCHealth 2013: May 15-17 in New York City

GBCHealth’s 2013 conference will take place on May 15-17 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Join the conversation with thought leaders in business and global health; participate in action-oriented sessions; and engage with colleagues new and old during extensive networking opportunities. This is the one business and health event of the year that you don't want to miss. Use this calendar invite to add the GBCHealth Conference to your calendar

Apply Now! GBCHealth 2013 Award Applications Are Open

Apply Now! GBCHealth 2013 Award Applications Are OpenGBCHealth has opened the applications process for the Business Action on Health Awards. The awards recognize the world’s best corporate programs that address global health needs.

Apply today for a chance to be honored for your company’s significant contributions to improving the health of your workers, the broader community or beyond. The Business Action on Health Awards offer a powerful opportunity to gain visibility for your company’s leadership in the business engagement on global health.

Winning companies will be publicly honored May 15-17, 2013 at GBCHealth’s annual conference in New York City. Applications are due Dec. 21, 2012. Companies can be nominated until Nov. 2, 2012 by third parties, such as non-profit partners. Learn more about the awards

Through the Judges' Eyes: What it Takes to Be A Winner

Business Action on Health Awards Series | Part 2 of 3 | September 27, 2012

The second of a three-part series, this webinar offers a unique opportunity to hear from the awards judges themselves and find out exactly what they’re looking for in a winning application. Three of our 2012 judges will share tips, advice and suggestions based on their experiences with last year’s applications. Speakers from Eli Lilly & Company, International SOS and the Global Fund will discuss the common pitfalls they came across and how these can be avoided. RSVP here

Join CEO PLEDGE to Oppose HIV Travel Restrictions

Watch Video; Help UNAIDS and GBCHealth Reach 100 Signatories

Join CEO PLEDGE to Oppose HIV Travel RestrictionsTwenty-five prominent CEOs have signed a pledge calling on countries around the world to lift their travel restrictions against people living with HIV.

The pledge was launched at the International AIDS Conference. Now GBCHealth, UNAIDS and Levi Strauss & Co. are launching phase 2 of the pledge and are asking that you help us reach our goal of 100 CEOs. We will promote this collective leadership around World AIDS Day 2012 and at the 2013 UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS.

GBCHealth has produced a compelling video about one employee's deportation en route to a business meeting. View video.

Forty-five countries still impose some form of restriction on entry, stay and residence based on positive HIV status. Such measures are discriminatory, don’t protect public health, violate human rights and are bad businesses, which need to be able to send their workers overseas freely. Please contact Beth Breslauer at GBCHealth at

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Diabetes 101: The Global Face of the Epidemic

Diabetes 101: The Global Face of the EpidemicThe first of a three-part GBCHealth Expert Connections webinar series on diabetes on September 13 provided an overview of the global diabetes epidemic. Speakers highlighted key points from National Institutes of Health (NIH) and CDC-funded studies and programs that have global applicability and relevance to business. Speakers from the Global Diabetes Initiative at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) and the CDC spoke about the alarming rise of diabetes in low- and middle-income countries and the drastic implications on business. The webinar also addressed a phenomenon in developing countries called malnutrition diabetes that affects largely young, poor people in rural areas who have extremely low body mass indexes.

Read “Diabetes 101” Webinar recap

Please join GBCHealth’s next webinar on diabetes: Partnering for Impact: PPPs to Address NCDs will be held on October 18. The webinar will discuss private sector programs on non-communicable diseases programs (NCDs), with a focus on diabetes, including their successes and challenges. Speakers from GBCHealth member companies, including Eli Lilly & Company, BD and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, will share details of the private sector’s efforts and responses to the disease worldwide.

Learn more and register

The third webinar, Adding Diabetes to the Mix: Workplace Wellness Programs, will take place on December 13.

mHealth Summit 2012

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

The 2012 mHealth Summit will build on last year’s success by highlighting emerging best practices from mobile health implementers. Themed “Where Technology, Business, Research and Policy Connect,” conference sessions will examine the ways that mobile technology is transforming health care delivery, research, business and policy for the 21st century, in developed and developing nations. The largest event of its kind, the 4th annual mHealth Summit will bring together leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations from across mHealth to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the United States and abroad. This year’s summit will include a global health track.

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GBCHealth is pleased to be a Strategic Affiliate of the 2012 mHealth Summit. We are delighted to offer GBCHealth members and friends a $50 discount off of a Full Access Registration to the Summit. Please use GBCH12 code when registering. Register here

Smoke-free Worksites to be Featured at Clinton Global Initiative; China-United States Partnership on Smoke-free Workplaces Launched

September 24, 2012 | New York City

China-United States Partnership on Smoke-free Workplaces LaunchedGBCHealth encourages member companies to attend a session at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative that will address smoke-free-workplaces. The September 24th session in New York City will delve into the Global Smoke-free Worksite Challenge (GSWC), which encourages employers to protect their workers by implementing 100 percent smoke-free policies. Entitled “How can we design healthier urban environments that help prevent chronic diseases?” the session’s participants include Johanna Ralston, Chief Executive Officer of the World Health Federation. GBCHealth is a founding leader of the GSWC. Learn more

September 7, 2012 | Beijing, China

The Chinese Ministry of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with GBCHealth, launched the China-United States Partnership on Smoke-free Workplaces in September in Beijing. The Partnership aims to establish smoke-free workplaces throughout China. GBCHealth members Johnson & Johnson and GE spoke about their efforts underway to create smoke-free workplaces. Ten GBCHealth members have joined the Partnership by committing to implementing smoke-free and/or tobacco-free policies. Learn more

PATH Photo Exhibit on Maternal Health

September 27, 2012 | New York City

PATH Photo Exhibit on Maternal HealthIn NYC for the United Nations General Assembly? Join PATH for a reception and photo exhibit on maternal health in developing countries. The exhibit, entitled Ripple Effect, will feature photographs of the women affected by maternal health issues and the stories of partner organizations working to ensure that no woman dies in childbirth.

The event will take place on Sept. 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please RSVP this week to Lizzie Cohen at

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Abt Associates Compares Health Insurance Programs in over 40 Developing Countries

Abt Associates Compares Health Insurance Programs in over 40 Developing CountriesAbt Associates has introduced a new resource that offers snapshot profiles of more than 100 health insurance programs designed for low-income families in over 40 developing countries.

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HDI Develops Media Campaign Targeting HIV Stigma Among Caribbean Youth

HDI Develops Media Campaign That Targets HIV Stigma Among Caribbean YouthHoward Delafield International (HDI), an international marketing and communications firm, has developed a media campaign to generate greater compassion and respect for youth living with HIV in five English speaking Caribbean countries. The campaign, launched by the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV & AIDS (PANCAP), targets ages 16–24 and builds on regional efforts to combat HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The campaign includes television spots, a music video, radio, print and social media.

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GBCHealth Promotes Fifth Birthday Campaign

GBCHealth Promotes 5th Birthday CampaignUSAID launched the 5th Birthday Campaign, a call to action on child survival, in April 2012 in partnership with leading organizations and corporations such as CARE and Johnson & Johnson. The initiative, in which supporters post an age five photo and a wish, targets a child’s fifth birthday because babies and young children are most vulnerable. We at GBCHealth joined the 5th Birthday Campaign in July by posting baby photos of staff and wishes for children around the world on our social media channels. Each Friday in the lead up to the UN General Assembly, we posted statistics and spotlighted companies that were making strides toward improving the health of and reducing deaths for children under five. Recent reports by UNICEF show tremendous progress in child mortality rates. Through its participation in the 5th Birthday Campaign, GBCHealth hopes to remind businesses, governments, and NGOs to continue their commitment to child survival.

See GBCHealth’s 5th Birthday posts

Learn more about the 5th Birthday Campaign.

What We’re Reading: A Twist of Faith by John Donnelly

By Eve Heyn, Manager, Communications & External Affairs, GBCHealth

A Twist of Faith by John Donnelly follows the work of a David Nixon, a carpenter and evangelical Christian from North Carolina who went to Malawi to help orphans.

At the time, the number of orphans in Africa had surged to 34 million due to the AIDS pandemic, which had hit sub-Saharan Africa harder than anywhere else in the world. In 2002, AIDS treatment was available to wealthier countries but scarce in Africa. “As a result, mothers and fathers in Malawi and throughout Africa were dying at alarming rates,” Donnelly writes.

In response, faith-based groups like Nixon’s flocked to Africa to help. These groups came with “big hearts and big ideas,” writes Donnelly, who saw them everywhere as a reporter in Africa. But they were often untrained and naïve. “Did any of them know the best ways to help African children?” Donnelly asks. “Were they in fact doing good?”

A Twist of Faith follows Nixon’s journey as he sets off for Malawi to, like many faith-based groups, build an orphanage. But he soon learned from the villagers that they didn’t want orphanages, as they believed that these children should be raised by family members within the community. So Nixon instead built a school and feeding center that supports 350 orphans.

A Twist of Faith is a compelling and beautifully-written book that follows Nixon’s challenges, failures, successes and, most of all, his growth and learning curve in his deeply-committed quest to help the children of Malawi.

Photo credits, from top to bottom: Whitney Kidder for GBCHealth; Whitney Kidder for GBCHealth; GBCHealth; olaser; Brent Stirton/Getty Images for GBCHealth; Courtesy of Pro Mujer; Sumitomo Chemical; Sancia Dalley


Save the date for GBCHealth 2013: May 15-17 in New York City

GBCHealth 2013 Award Applications Are Open

What it Takes to Be A Winner

Join CEO PLEDGE to Oppose HIV Travel Restrictions

Diabetes 101

mHealth Summit 2012

China-US Partnership on Smoke-free Workplaces Launched

PATH Photo Exhibit on Maternal Health

Abt Associates Compares over 40 Health Insurance Programs

HDI Develops HIV Media Campaign

GBCHealth Promotes 5th Birthday Campaign

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