GBCHealth Insights: Conference 2013

Corey Booker, Mayor of NewarkThis year’s GBCHealth Conference on May 15-17 featured the richest content, widest range of speakers and greatest attendance yet. In line with the event's major theme around the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), participants left galvanized to accelerate efforts to save the lives of 4.4 million children and 200,000 mothers in less than 1,000 days.

Explore coverage of every session and speaker here. Watch videos here.

Three companies—Chevron, Johnson & Johnson and BD—announced major new commitments to HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health and tuberculosis initiatives, respectively.

In addition, the U.S. and Swedish governments and other partners announced a program to dramatically speed up the delivery of lifesaving health products such as bed nets, medicines, vaccines and contraceptives to 126 low-and middle-income countries. Through the partnership, Merck agreed to lower the prices of some of its vaccines and medicines and Vestergaard Frandsen agreed to lower the prices of some of its malaria nets.

The announcements came amid two days of high-powered sessions and 70 inspiring thought leaders, including the Earth Institute’s Jeffrey Sachs, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, CEOs, African health ministers and heads of the world's leading global health agencies. More than 100 companies participated.

Digital HealthWith fewer than 1,000 days remaining to meet the global MDGs—which include targets for significantly reducing maternal, child, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria deaths—the conference stressed that these challenges can’t be met without bolstered private sector efforts. 

“Millions of people in resource-poor countries are dying from preventable causes and once again the business community needs to engage to meet these challenges,” said Gary Cohen, acting CEO of GBCHealth and Executive Vice President of BD.

Leaders called on business to help meet these goals by contributing to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the leading funder for those three diseases. “Real estate developers say location, location, location,” said Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. “For us, it’s Global Fund, Global Fund, Global Fund.”

Child Health SessionThe wide range of issues delved into this year also included digital health, urban health and non-communicable diseases. We are confident that the GBCHealth Conference 2013 inspired and further equipped businesses to push forward toward accomplishing the MDGs and beyond.

Read opening keynote call to action to the private sector.

Explore Conference Highlights, Coverage, Videos

Didn’t make the GBCHealth Conference?  Had to miss a session you wanted to catch? Explore our in-depth coverage of every session and speaker as well as photos and videos.

Among the highlights:

H.E. Madame Christine Kaseba-SataWatch the unprecedented and historic panel A Best Buy for Global Health: Family Planning featuring Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund; and Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, First Lady, Government of Zambia, an OB/GYN and a tireless maternal health advocate. The session marked the first conversation with a large corporate audience on why family planning is an important business investment.  Read post on A Best Buy for Global Health: Family Planning. Watch video.

Mark DybulLearn why it makes good business sense to invest in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with Dr. Brian Brink, Chief Medical Officer, Anglo American plc; Dr. Mark Dybul, The Global Fund’s Executive Director; and Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Read post on A New Era for the Global Fund: Private Sector Opportunities in the Fourth Replenishment. Watch video.

Nigeria Lunch panel Hear how Chevron, a new business council and NGOs are partnering with the Nigerian government to dramatically scale up programs to ensure that babies are born free of HIV.  Read post on Born HIV-Free: Achieving Zero Mother-to-Child Transmission by 2015.  Watch video.

For the first time, four key sessions were lived streamed to thousands of viewers who couldn’t be there by our partner, the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy.  See live streamed sessions here.

Read select media coverage:

With FHI 360 as Partner, GBCHealth Conference Reaches Millions via Twitter

FHI 360

The GBCHealth Conference 2013 made a big splash through social media, most notably in the Twitterverse. Thanks to strong support from GBCHealth member FHI 360 and GBCHealth’s Social Media Corps, the conference reached over 3.4 million accounts and appeared on Twitter timelines more than 10.6 million times.

FHI 360 was an essential partner in spearheading conference social media presence. Throughout two days of rich content, FHI 360 masterfully crafted and collected stories on Storify, using videos, photos and tweets. We encourage you to view FHI 360 coverage here.

GBCHealth’s Social Media Corps also generated substantial social media activity, using Twitter, Facebook and blogs to share insights from the GBCHealth Conference. Learn more about their work here.

Our speakers and supporters who enjoy a high Twitter following contributed to this success. Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark; Deepak Chopra, Founder of The Chopra Foundation; the United Nations Foundation; USAID; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Chevron; and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health along with over 400 others tweeted. Among the 1,600 tweets, Booker and Sachs’ inspiring speeches about our collective ability to affect social change made a particularly significant impact.

The Pledge Guarantee for Health—a partnership that aims to speed up delivery of health products to poor countries—also received wide coverage. The story reached over 3.5 million Twitter timelines, with the United Nations Foundation and USAID playing a major role in achieving this reach.