GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards

Congratulations to 2013 Winning & Commended Companies!

Each year, the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards highlight outstanding company achievements and help set the agenda for the future of the fight to defeat the greatest health threats of our time. The awards recognize the best corporate programs developed to address global health needs.

The awards will be presented to winning companies during GBCHealth’s 2013 conference on May 16th and 17th at the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City. 2013 winning programs represent innovative work from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Novartis, ORTEC, Pfizer and Procter & Gamble.

2013 Business Action on Health Award Winners

Technology for Health
ORTEC
ORTEC partnered with North Star Alliance to operate and maintain a network of Roadside Wellness Centers (RWCs) along Africa’s major transport routes, providing health services to mobile populations, such as truck drivers, and corridor communities. Each RWC is a shipping container converted into a clinic, with prevention programs run by a peer educator on the left side and treatment services run by a clinician on the right side. ORTEC developed the Corridor Medical Transfer System to securely store, exchange and monitor patient-specific data across RWCs, enabling continuity of care and real-time monitoring of epidemiological trends at local, national and regional levels. In 2012, 29 RWCs operating in 13 African countries provided over 200,000 individuals with counseling, testing and treatment services for HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, malaria and general health needs.
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Workplace/Workforce Engagement: Special Focus on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis or Malaria

Levi Strauss & Co.’s (LS&Co.) Employee HIV/AIDS Program provides HIV/AIDS education and services for 6,800 retail employees in LS&Co.’s 600 stores in 26 countries - a group of workers that is young, mobile, technologically savvy and at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS. The program features trainings, targeted communications (e.g. interactive webcasts, quizzes and videos) and education sessions held by store managers. Where private or national health coverage is inadequate, LS&Co. offers employees its own HIV/AIDS benefits plan. Further, LS&Co. has partnered with Mercer LLC to negotiate the inclusion of HIV/AIDS-related conditions with local insurers in several countries, benefiting populations far beyond Levi’s employees and demonstrating LS&Co.’s commitment to universal access. » Read case study

Workplace/Workforce Engagement: General

HPWinning with Wellness aims to enhance the physical health, emotional wellbeing, and financial skills of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) global workforce. Started in 2010, it has since expanded to 35 countries, reaching 290,000 employees – over 90% of HP’s global workforce. HP has tailored the program’s 200+ initiatives to local cultures, infrastructures and demographics, allowing each country to determine the relevant activities for its employee population. The program includes an employee website, HP Wellness Central, which offers tools and resources for smoking cessation, physical activity, nutrition and stress reduction. A companion website, HP Finance Central, helps employees make more informed financial decisions.
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Community Investment: General

P&GEvery year, more children fall ill and die from diarrhea caused by unclean water than from HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. In 2004, Procter & Gamble (P&G) created the not-for-profit P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program to raise awareness about the global clean drinking water crisis and to reduce child diarrhea death and illness with P&G water purification packets. Each packet contains a powdered mixture that quickly removes pathogenic micro-organisms, making water safe to drink. Since 2004, the program has provided over 5.5 billion liters of clean drinking water in over 65 countries, averting more than 200 million days of diarrhea and saving an estimated 29,000 lives. » Read case study

Community Investment: Special Focus on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis or Malaria

GSKIn partnership with FHI 360, GlaxoSmithKline implemented its Community-based Malaria Program, mobilizing communities in two districts of Ghana to improve malaria prevention and treatment. The program trained community health workers to identify early signs of malaria and to promote health-seeking behaviors, and worked with community-based groups such as Mothers against Malaria clubs to conduct door-to-door advocacy campaigns. Licensed Chemical Sellers (LCSs) - often the first port of call for rural populations – were trained to identify and refer serious malaria cases, and the program improved availability of malaria treatment drugs from 39.1% to over 90% among trained LCSs. The program also increased health-seeking behaviors and hospital attendance and distributed 10,000 mosquito nets to pregnant women and children under 5.
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Application of Core Competence

NovartisArogya Parivar, meaning “Healthy Family” in Hindi, is a for-profit social business developed by Novartis in 2007 that adapts a market-based approach to improve healthcare access for India’s rural poor. The four major program components are: awareness, accessibility, affordability and adaptability. Novartis trained health educators to teach disease prevention and awareness. In 2012, they held 87,000 health education meetings attended by 2.5 million villagers. Novartis also supplies medicines to over 28,000 pharmacies and created a network of 90 medical distributors inside villages who are supplied products directly from company warehouses. Some over-the-counter treatments are sold in smaller doses in order to be more affordable for local daily-wage earners.
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Partnership/Collective Action

PfizerAbout 2 million new cancer cases and 1.5 million deaths from cancer are reported each year in China. Nationwide, 350 million people smoke tobacco and each year one million people die from smoking-related diseases. In response, Pfizer China and the Pfizer Foundation created the Advancing Cancer and Tobacco Control in China program, working with the government, healthcare professionals and other organizations to advance tobacco and cancer control. So far, the program has provided 328,000 Shanghai residents with cancer prevention education; trained over 2,700 medical professionals in cancer and tobacco control best practices; and provided comprehensive care to nearly 40,000 cancer patients through 10 newly-built community cancer care centers.
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Health & Beyond: Tackling Root Causes

The Tenke Fungurume Mining Commitment for Clean Water and Environmental Sanitation program is a partnership among Tenke Fungurume Mining and local, provincial and national organizations to improve health for 185,000 community members in the Fungurume Health Zone, Katanga Province in the DRC. The program consists of five complementary projects that together address: clean water distribution; hygiene and sanitation; improving river drainage to reduce instance of malaria and cholera; and building local capacity to allow for long-term community ownership of the project. Since 2009, 94 wells have been built, providing an estimated 64 rural villages with access to clean water. Diarrheal episodes have been significantly decreased and there have been no reports of cholera outbreaks. » Read case study

2013 Business Action on Health Commended Companies

Technology for Health
HP Hewlett-Packard Company » Read case study
Anglo American plc Anglo American plc » Read case study
Workplace/Workforce Engagement: General
American Express American Express Company » Read case study
Workplace/Workforce Engagement: Special Focus on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis or Malaria
Cardno Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. » Read case study
Zimplats Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Pvt) Ltd » Read case study
Community Investment: General
Humana Humana » Read case study
Teck Teck » Read case study
Community Investment: Special Focus on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis or Malaria
Hippo Valley Estates Hippo Valley Estates » Read case study
Mopani Mopani Copper Mines Plc » Read case study
Application of Core Competence
Best Doctors Best Doctors, Inc. » Read case study
Pfizer Pfizer Inc » Read case study
Partnership/Collective Action
Qualcomm Qualcomm » Read case study
Peninsula Papagayo Peninsula Papagayo » Read case study
Health & Beyond: Tackling Root Causes
Johnson and Johnson Johnson & Johnson » Read case study