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What is Business for Global Health?

The Business for Global Health (B4GH) initiative aims to bring together European private actors that want to accelerate the fight against health challenges and inequities in Africa and South Asia

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Why is the fight against these five diseases a business issue?

Primary causes for consultation

  • Source of medical expenses
  • More than 50% absenteeism
  • Loss of skills (disability, death)
  • Reduced productivity
  • Cost of inaction vs. cost of action
  • ROI:10/1

According to the WHO, these five diseases are the cause of up to 50% of morbidity and death rates in Africa:

Any company based in Africa is concerned by these diseases, which are the leading causes of death and absenteeism, the main reason for consulting the doctor and the biggest source of medical expenses for employees and their families.

The example of malaria is emblematic in this respect. In fact, beyond the health crises and deaths it causes, malaria is an obstacle to economic development.

According to the World Bank, malaria causes the equivalent of a EUR 10 billion loss to Africa's GDP every year.

All economic sectors are potentially exposed. Companies located in rural or semi-rural areas are particularly affected because of their environment: agriculture, energy, wood industry, mining, oil exploration, construction, and transport, etc. A sick employee suffers an average of two to three malaria attacks per year. Each crisis result in a three-day sick leave (direct absenteeism). This scenario is exacerbated by the employee having to take leave to care for family members suffering from malaria (indirect absenteeism).

Impact studies carried out by Santé en Entreprise (SEE) in partnership with the United Nations Malaria Control Program, Roll Back Malaria (RBM), with companies based in Africa, show that the cost of inaction is 3 to 4 times the cost of the action.

It is estimated that the average cost attributable to malaria-related absenteeism and curative expenses is up to EUR 100 per employee per year against the budget of EUR 25 per employee for raising awareness and equipping each household with long-lasting impregnated mosquito bednets.

The return on investment is quite significant: EUR 1 invested in prevention generates EUR 4 in savings.

Several corporate cases show that it is possible, through comprehensive net distribution operations accompanied by information and advice, to reduce the number of malaria-related cases and absenteeism by 30 to 40% in one year.

What are the key initiatives so far?

The B4GH platform aims to promote demonstration programs, innovative solutions and high-impact initiatives in the health field, implemented by its associated partners.

It is a concrete way to create synergies, engage companies in collaborative health programs, provide opportunities and advice for co-investment in the field, monitor results and measure impact.

Here are some examples:

Who are our Partners?

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