Business Delivers as Front-Line Player in the
Global Fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria
Washington, D.C. gathering recognizes impact of the best private sector health initiatives
May 27, 2010 01:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--From an initiative that’s reaching 3.5 million people threatened by
TB to a massive expansion of access to cheap anti-malaria medication in 24 African countries, businesses are doing
work that is complementing the global health work of governments and international agencies. The companies behind
this work are getting together with governments and non-profits on June 8 to recognize what’s working best, and to
focus on doing more in the fight against global epidemics.
President Bush’s successful PEPFAR program regarded private sector engagement as critical to its success. And
Obama administration efforts like the Global Health Initiative are taking this one step further, explicitly engaging
business and tapping private sector assets and expertise to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of
government programs to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.
Eight companies will receive GBC’s Awards for Excellence in Business Action at a rare gathering of international
leaders, joining corporations, governments and international agencies around a common objective, including the
Secretary-General of the United Nations, the heads of the WHO, UNAIDS, PEPFAR and the Global Fund, U.S.
Secretary for Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, top CEOs, recording star and activist Annie Lennox
and PSI Board member Ashley Judd. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also will be honored for
her commitment and leadership in the creation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the
President’s Malaria Initiative and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
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