WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ – This week, prominent representatives from agencies and organizations operating across global health will come together at Global Health Council’s  Global Health Leadership Series Landscape Symposium, “Achieving Universality in Global Health: An Imperative for Change.  Deliberately crafted to follow the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Symposium will provide a high-level forum for exploration, debate and creative thinking on how we must collaborate differently in the post-2015 landscape with a focus on effective organizational responses and innovative solutions. The event will also highlight the winners of the Business Action on Health Awards and will serve as the setting for the launch of Global Health Council’s Women Leaders in Global Health Initiative.

“The international development community has set a high bar in relation to what we need to accomplish if we hope to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030,” said Global Health Council President and Executive Director, Christine Sow. “We will need to work differently and more efficiently if we are to achieve our goals. The Landscape Symposium is a catalytic moment designed to move this action and reflection forward.”

Symposium attendees will discuss some of the most pressing issues faced by the global health community including:

•     Gender equity in global health leadership;

•     Domestic resource mobilization and innovative financing for health; and

•     Effective mechanisms for engagement and accountability.

The corporate sector’s important contributions to improving global health outcomes will be highlighted during the Symposium’s Business Action on Health Awardsamong the most coveted honors in the area of corporate social responsibility. Originated by GBC Health, now carried out in partnership with Global Health Council, the Business Action on Health Awards have been recognizing outstanding private sector global health programs for over a decade. This year’s winners are Abbott (in the Core Business Competencies category) and OnTarget (in the Innovation and Technology category). Commended applicants for the award include: Ecobank, Johnson and JohnsonLife Spring Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Medtronic, and ZMQ. “We are proud to partner with Global Health Council to acknowledge the exemplary contributions to global health that this year’s Award-winning and Commended companies have made,” said GBCHealth President Nancy Wildfeir-Field. “Our hope is that these Awards will continue to inspire further action from the private sector as we move into the SDG era.”

The Symposium will also provide a launching point for the Women Leaders in Global Health Initiativea program focused on the strategic priority areas of Advocacy, Networking, Mentorship and Capacity Building to achieve greater gender equality in health leadership and ensure the visibility and meaningful presence of women in global health decision-making and thought leadership.

The Symposium is taking place today, in Washington, DC. Sponsored by corporate and non-profit leaders including AbbottManagement Sciences for Health (MSH)Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB)Global ImpactMedtronicNovo NordiskPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)Save the Children, and Triangle Global Health Consortium, the event will bring together high-level international development partners, civil society representatives and corporate interests active in the global health arena. For more information visit globalhealth.org/ghls.

About Global Health Council

Established in 1972, Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. The organization is the collaborative voice of the global health community on global health issues; it convenes stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages key decision makers to influence health policy. Learn more at www.globalhealth.org.

About GBCHealth

GBCHealth is dedicated to leveraging the resources and expertise of the private sector to meet today’ most pressing health challenges. Founded in 2001, under the leadership of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, GBCHealth has built a strong track record of mobilizing business action to address workplace and community health issues. Today, the organization works with a network of more than 300 companies internationally to catalyze sustainable investments in global health.

Media Contact: Ann Canela, Global Impact, 703-717-5200, ann.canela@charity.org

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