GBC, Booz & Company Report Examines Corporate Engagement on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria
"The State of Business and AIDS, TB and Malaria," Global Business Coalition/Booz & Company: GBC and the consulting firm Booz conducted online surveys and interviews to assess levels of corporate engagement on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs. Based on responses from 83 GBC members representing 15 industries, the report found that 75% of companies provide information and education on HIV testing and counseling, two-thirds provide HIV testing services for employees and 39% offer immediate information about CD4+ T cell counts. More than half of the companies reported that CEOs had communicated an HIV policy with employees, and 25% reported that CEOs had received an HIV test publicly. The report also found that businesses are moderately engaged with malaria and TB efforts, with 25% of companies reporting that malaria is considered a corporate priority and 40% of companies providing educational materials about TB to employees. One-third of businesses reported that their company was engaged in efforts to address HIV/TB coinfection efforts. The report concludes that businesses must work with the public health community, national governments, international organizations and community groups to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria and reduce the social and economic impacts of the three diseases (Global Business Coalition/Booz & Company, 9/30).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.