World Economic Forum/Harvard report examines business action on tuberculosis

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19 March 2008

Why Tuberculosis Matters to Businesses

Author: Ohmy News [So. Korea]

On the face of it, tuberculosis (TB) and the business of making money have absolutely no link, but ill health caused by TB does affect productivity and profits, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health. TB is increasingly being recognized as major public health problem, on the rise in many parts of the world, especially sub Saharan Africa…The private sector is now…taking a keen interest in addressing worker health-related issues…

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1 February 2008

[PDF] Tackling Tuberculosis: The Business Response

Author: Global Health Initiative, World Eocnomic Forum

This report provides an overview of the threat posed by tuberculosis (TB) to the private sector. It includes analysis of the responses of over 11,000 business leaders from more than 130 countries to questions on TB in the World Economic Forum’s annual Executive Opinion Survey. It also presents case studies of good business practice in TB control and makes recommendations for firms considering action to tackle the disease...[refers to positive steps by Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Becton Dickinson and Company, Heineken, Reliance Industries Limited, Hippo Valley Estates, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, De Beers Consolidated Mines, Harmony Gold]

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