Private Sector Must Step Up, Engage In Efforts To End AIDS, TB, Malaria Epidemics
STAT: The private sector is working to fight climate change. Why isn’t it doing the same to improve global health?
Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
“…I’m calling on business leaders — not just those in the health sector, but across the corporate landscape — to play a role in tackling some of the world’s biggest health burdens and risks. … To step up the fight against [the AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics], we need more innovation in diagnostics, prevention, treatment, and delivery models; more effective collaboration; and a relentless focus on improving how we carry out projects, using more granular and timely data. We also need more money. To make all of this happen, we need the private sector to step up, too. It’s time for leaders in the global health community to ask themselves how to get private sector companies as engaged in the global health agenda as they are in climate change and the broader environmental agenda. … It is possible to end the three biggest infectious disease epidemics affecting humanity and save millions of lives. We can turbocharge progress toward health and well-being for all. But to do this, we must challenge established perspectives, create new partnerships, especially with the private sector, and break down the barriers to doing more together” (1/25).