Frequently Asked Questions: GBCHealth Changes and Future Direction


Q.   We’re budgeting for 2014 now.  I know we won’t be invoiced for membership dues. Should we earmark funds for GBCHealth?

A.   We welcome continued engagement and support from members. If you are interested in discussing opportunities with GBCHealth, please contact your relationship manager or Executive Director Michael Schreiber at . We will continue to be registered in the United States as a 501c3 charitable organization able to accept grants and tax-deductible contributions from companies and individuals.

Q.   What work will GBCHealth focus on? 

A.   GBCHealth will sharpen our focus in 2014 on engaging the private sector in the final push to attain the health Millennium Development Goals by their December 31, 2015 deadline.

Q.   What are the health goals that GBCHealth will focus on?

A.   Core to our work will be closer engagement with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and with the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA), a group of companies fighting to eliminate malaria deaths. These are high-impact opportunities for engaging both the private and public sectors to defeat HIV, TB and malaria.

We will also pursue deeper involvement with companies that seek to support reducing maternal, newborn and child deaths and help drive further progress in addressing the three pandemics, focusing our efforts on the countries and regions with the greatest needs, and with an even closer tie to the UN Secretary General’sEvery Woman, Every Child Movement.  Examples of our continuing work include the Mining Compact for Child Health, which galvanizes mining companies to support efforts to prevent child deaths, and our collaboration with corporate partners in India to prevent maternal and child deaths.

Q.   What about other issues that GBCHealth has been engaged in such as non-communicable diseases?

A.   Another facet of our work will center around engaging the private sector in developing priorities and planning for the post 2015-period. Non-communicable diseases are very much part of this dialogue, and we will work closely with companies to ensure that the private sector’s views are represented.

Q.  What will happen to GBCHealth’s programs that don’t fit into the current MDGs  framework or areas of operation?

A.   We are working with our partners to ensure the continuity of these programs, including the diabetes awareness program in China and anti-smoking initiatives.

Q.   What will be GBCHealth’s new funding model?

A.   We will shift away from a membership, annual dues-based model. GBCHealth’s activities will be funded by closer involvement with companies that seek to advance these efforts and partner as multi-year sponsors in support of achieving these targets.  While moving away from dues collection, we will continue to welcome contributions in support of our work.  In addition, GBCHealth will continue to receive support from constituency responsibilities such as its role as Focal Point of the Private Sector Delegation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and as implementer of the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA).

Q.   Will the GBCHealth Annual Conference take place next year?

A.   At present, we are not planning to host an annual conference in 2014. Decisions about future events will be made as GBCHealth progresses in its 2014 planning.

Q.   Will the GBCHealth Business Action on Health Awards continue?

A.   We are in process of ensuring a suitable forum for the 2014 awards so that they may continue uninterrupted, and we will share further information in the next few weeks.

Q.   The Awards application deadline is Dec. 20th. Should I apply?

A.   We have extended the deadline to February 28, 2014, allowing you more time to prepare your entry.

Q.  Will GBCHealth publications and resource materials be available?

A.   Yes, our online content will continue to be available.  We will review our website in 2014 to make sure it effectively serves the organization’s new, sharper focus on attainment of global health goals.

Q.   Why is GBCHealth making these changes?

A.   These changes will enable us to sharpen our focus on high-priority health goals where business can have a significant positive impact while lessening our dependence on annual, dues-based membership funding. This will allow GBCHealth to adapt to the changing global health landscape in a manner that facilitates continued close engagement with companies, in collaboration with public sector and non-profit organizations, in achieving the most highly prioritized health goals.

Q.   Where will GBCHealth’s offices be located?

A.   We have relocated our New York headquarters to the Office of the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria (UNSEO), and the affiliated MDG Health Alliance at 650 Madison Avenue in New York City.  While GBCHealth will remain a separate entity, this co-location will facilitate close collaboration between GBCHealth and the UNSEO, and allow each to tap into the other’s public and private sector resources to maximize impact toward achieving the MDGs. GBCHealth’s email addresses will remain the same.

Q.   I have more questions and would like more information.

A.   Please contact your relationship manager or Executive Director Michael Schreiber at . We are happy to provide more information and answer any questions you may have.

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