Media Advisory: Launch of Private Enterprise for Public Health

3 JULY 2012 | LONDON

Opportunities for Business to Improve Women’s and Children’s Health

As part of the London Summit on Family Planning on 11 July 2012, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) in collaboration with the Innovation Working Group (IWG) and the United Nations Foundation have organized a parallel session to launch a new guide for businesses that identifies investment opportunities to improve women’s and children’s health.

The Private Enterprise for Public Health guide highlights the potential that can be unleashed when businesses leverage their core areas of expertise, not only to generate profit, but also to identify and create opportunities for improving the health needs of women and children. Through illustrative examples, the guide identifies companies in various industries that are creating both business and social value (shared value) through innovative and transformational business models in developing and emerging economies where they can have the greatest impact.

The session on 11 July will include an interactive and panel discussion on: (1) The untapped role of the private sector in accelerating the achievement of health related MDGs, and (2) How leading businesses from different industries have been and can contribute to improving women’s and children’s health (inclusive of family planning services) through focused investments, shared value, and collective impact.

WHAT: Private Enterprise for Public Health: Creating Shared Value and Collective Impact
A parallel session at the London Summit on Family Planning
WHEN: Wednesday, 11 July 2012 – 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London

Speakers include:

  • Minister Alan Duncan, Minister of International Development, UK Department for International Development
  • Minister Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health, Senegal
  • Chris Elias, President of the Development Program, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation
  • Tore Godal, Special Adviser to Prime Minister of Norway, and co-chair, Innovation Working Group
  • Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General, Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization
  • Carole Presern, Director, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
  • Scott Ratzan, Vice-President, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson, and co-chair, Innovation Working Group
  • Naveen Rao, Lead on Merck for Mothers, Merck
  • Chris Locke, Managing Director, GSMA Development Fund
  • Marc Pfitzer, Managing Director, FSG Europe
  • Purnima Mane, CEO, Pathfinder
  • Caroline Hyde, Markets Report, Bloomberg
  • Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation