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1 1 Health World Business Council for Sustainable Development Geneva, September 2007 Doing Business with the World - The new role of corporate leadership in global development

2 Overview The global view Profile on health care in developing countries: HIV/AIDS

3 3 The global view Good health enables individuals to thrive and participate fully in the economic and social life of their communities. Leading causes of death in 2002, in millions 1 Malnutrition contributes to over half of child deaths. Progress in reducing child malnutrition has been slow. -WHO (2005). Health in the Millennium Development Goals

4 4 Profile on health care in developing countries: HIV/AIDS "In 2005, an estimated 15.2 million children had lost one or both parents to AIDS, 80 per cent of them in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2010, the figure is likely to rise to more than 20 million. " -UN (2007). "The Millennium Development Goals Report." Source: UN (2007). "The Millennium Development Goals Report. " Estimated number of adults infected with HIV, by WHO region, Source: World Health Organization (WHO) The World Health Report. (22 August 2007)

5 Needs & Challenges Societal needs Key challenges limiting progress

6 6 Societal needs Improved housing and sanition to prevent infectious diseases Access to affordable health care -- medical practitioners and health care facilities Well-equipped and fully-resourced hospitals Access to affordable drugs A healthy workforce is a vital part of any economy

7 7 Key challenges limiting progress Inadequate public funding for health care facilities and infrastructure Lack of quality control resulting in the distribution and use of fake drugs 2 Source: Health Systems: Facts & Trends, WBCSD, Poor or lacking regulatory frameworks Discrepancies in funding of public health policies In low income households, the first response to illness tends to be self-medication 1

8 Opportunities What is the size of the market? Health care opportunities: focus on pharmaceuticals Key messages WBCSD Resources

9 9 What is the size of the market? Source: World Resources Institute The Next 4 Billion.

10 10 Health care opportunities: focus on pharmaceuticals Source: World Resources Institute The Next 4 Billion.

11 11 Key messages For business, investing in improved health systems can: Create new markets and revenue streams by developing health care products & services for the currently underserved Create a healthier labor force by investing in health care for employees and their communities Improve health education by partnering with local communities, government and development actors For governments, an effective policy framework for improved health can: Improve overall quality of life of the population Increase the presence of a healthier able-bodied workforce Reduce economic and societal health care costs Lead to innovative partnerships with business and development actors to improve health education, access and effectiveness of health care

12 12 WBCSD Resources Health Systems: Facts and trends - Affecting business decisions today This publication describes ten key health topics, including disease, environment and health, prevention and personal responsibility, health systems and information technology. The Business of Health - The Health of Business: Building the case for health, safety and wellness The Business of Health - The Health of Business: Building the case for health, safety and wellness The examples gathered in this publication by the WBCSD and IBLF serve to illustrate the business case for corporate action on health and demonstrate how companies can positively and imaginatively engage with these issues to create business advantages. Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology and Health Care - Results of a stakeholder dialogue Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology and Health Care - Results of a stakeholder dialogue This report is a result of a stakeholder dialogue among 40 participants from business, NGOs, and legal and political experts. It discusses controversial issues of intellectual property rights in the application of modern biotechnology to medical R&D. Health & safety in the cement industry: Examples of good practice Ensuring healthy and safe working conditions for employees and contractors is a fundamental key to corporate social responsibility, and is one of the most important issues for the cement industry.

13 13 World Business Council for Sustainable Development Photo credits Flickr


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