Private Sector, Corporate Leaders Can Contribute More To Global Health
Fortune: Most CEOs Don’t Have a Global Health Strategy. That Needs to Change
Ashish K. Jha, K.T. Li professor of global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, and Peter Sands, senior research fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute and executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
“…We need to transform corporate attitudes toward global health … Yet achieving this shift will require not just corporate leaders to change their mindset, but also leaders in the global health community. At the moment, many in the global health community regard the private sector with deep suspicion. … [A]chieving the third U.N. Sustainable Development Goal — to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’ — will require extensive multi-stakeholder participation, and … we desperately need the dynamism, innovation, and resources of the private sector. … [C]orporate leaders should ask themselves what their responsibility should be and what they can contribute toward improving global health. … Likewise, many businesses should think through the health impact of their business activities, and what they could [do] to improve the health of the communities in which they operate. Good health is [a] powerful driver of productivity, while health-related risks, such as infectious disease outbreaks, can cause immense disruption to businesses. Improving the global environment is now seen as good business; so too should improving global health” (3/25).