GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards

Congratulations to 2012 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.

Awards will be presented to winning companies during GBCHealth’s annual conference on May 14th and 15th at the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City. Winning programs represent innovative work from AstraZeneca, Chevron Corporation, PrePex, Cisco Systems, Inc., Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, HP, Standard Chartered, Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited and Vestergaard Frandsen.

2012 Business Action on Health Award Winners

Workplace/Workforce Engagement: General
Chevron Corporation implemented an enterprise-wide Cardiovascular Health Program to reduce employees’ risk of developing cardiovascular disease. To date, it has been deployed in 11 countries, including Angola, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Nigeria, Philippines and the United States. Of roughly 35,000 eligible employees, approximately 17,000 have completed the risk assessment and 11,000 have enrolled in follow up programming. Participants previously at risk of developing coronary heart disease within the next 10 years have reduced that likelihood by more than a third.

Workplace/Workforce Engagement: Special Focus on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis or Malaria
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM), a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo majority owned and operated by Freeport McMoRan, developed its Public Health and Integrated Malaria Control Program (IMCP) in partnership with International SOS after baseline research showed high malaria prevalence among employees and their families. Since the program’s inception in late 2007, the malaria incidence rate among employees has reduced by 66% and prevalence in their communities has dropped by 47%.

Community Investment: General

Standard Chartered BankSeeing is Believing, a global partnership between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), combats avoidable blindness in developing countries. As of 2011, Seeing is Believing projects had reached over 28 million people, providing over 2.8 million cataract surgeries, treating 1.9 million people for River Blindness, distributing nearly 168,000 pairs of spectacles, supplying 2 million people with vitamin A supplements, and providing 14.4 million individuals with preventive treatment and education services.

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

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca worked in partnership with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) to create a program focused on integrated management of malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) in the high-incidence areas of Luwero and Kiboga, Uganda. The program focused on improving community-based prevention methods, constructing and equipping 10 clinical laboratories, and training health system staff. Since the project’s inception, 6,618 local people have been trained and more than 1.5 million patient visits have occurred. In the districts covered by the project, malaria deaths in hospital declined by half between 2007 and 2011 and new TB cases dropped by 10%. New HIV diagnoses fell from 11% to 7%, with 69,730 tests now carried out per year, three times the annual figure at the start of the project.

Application of Core Competence: Joint Award Winners

Cisco SystemsIn 2008, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake displaced 4.8 million residents and claimed 68,000 lives in China’s Sichuan Province. Recognizing that a long-term response was needed, Cisco collaborated with the Chinese government to create a 21st century medical delivery system called Connecting Sichuan, bridging the gap between urban and rural healthcare with advanced communication technologies. The network enables providers throughout the healthcare system to interact and share resources.

Sumitomo Chemical Company LimitedSumitomo’s groundbreaking Olyset® technology incorporates insecticide directly into polyethylene filaments which, when woven into bed nets, provide long-lasting protection from the mosquitoes that spread malaria. To get nets to users in Africa faster and to make a lasting contribution to local economic development, Sumitomo Chemical decided to establish a major manufacturing base in sub-Saharan Africa. Its joint venture with A to Z Textile Mills has become one of the largest employers and together the companies’ two Tanzanian factories produce 30 million nets annually.

Partnership/Collective Action

HPThe Disease Surveillance and Mapping Project is a public-private partnership between HP, Positive Innovation for the Next Generation (PING), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Mascom and the Botswana Ministry of Health (MoH). Before the project, the process of tracking notifiable diseases in Botswana was manual and slow. The PING program uses smartphones to collect data on malaria activity to streamline data collection and analysis to improve the quality of disease surveillance. By the end of the pilot, 93% of facilities were reporting on time (compared to 20% beforehand), and MoH officials had been notified of 19 potential malaria outbreaks to which they were able to respond immediately. The pilot was so successful that the MoH plans to expand PING’s mobile platform to track all notifiable diseases in Botswana.
Technology for Health

PrePex by Circ MedTechClinical trials have shown that male circumcision can dramatically reduce a man’s risk of HIV infection. In response to the challenge of rapid scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcisions in countries with high HIV prevalence but limited health resources, Circ MedTech developed the PrePex device. PrePex is an innovative non-surgical device administered by minimally-skilled nurses in rural settings in just a few minutes with no injected anesthesia. Not only is the procedure much faster and cheaper than surgical methods, it is safer, too, and has been recognized by global leaders as having the potential to revolutionize HIV prevention and save millions of lives by making scale-up a reality for Africa.
Health & Beyond: Eradicating Root Causes of Poor Health
Vestergaard FrandsenLaunched in 2011, the Carbon For Water program has distributed approximately 880,000 LifeStraw® Family water filters to 91% of households in Kenya’s Western Province. Carbon For Water is designed to be fully self-funding, as carbon credits can be claimed and sold for avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions associated with burning wood to boil, and thereby purify, water. Expected health benefits include reductions in waterborne diseases and respiratory illnesses. The program also has a positive environmental impact, achieving a reduction of 1.4 million tons of carbon emissions in its first six months.

2012 Business Action on Health Commended Companies

Workplace/Workforce Engagement: General
Safeway Safeway Inc.
Vale Vale
Volkswagen South Africa Volkswagen South Africa
Workplace/Workforce Engagement: Special Focus on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis or Malaria
Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd. Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd.
Community Investment: General
Kraft Foods Foundation Kraft Foods Foundation
PepsiCo PepsiCo
Community Investment: Special Focus on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis or Malaria
ArcelorMittal ArcelorMittal
Royal Dutch Shell plc Royal Dutch Shell plc
Application of Core Competence
SC Johnson SC Johnson
Partnership/Collective Action
ExxonMobil Corporation ExxonMobil Corporation
Microsoft Microsoft
Technology for Health
Dimagi Inc. Dimagi Inc.
Metropolitan Health Risk Management (Pty) Ltd. Metropolitan Health Risk Management (Pty) Ltd.
Vodafone Group PLC Vodafone Group PLC
Health & Beyond: Eradicating Root Causes of Poor Health
Thomson Reuters Foundation Thompson Reuters Foundation