By: Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO of the Group Vestergaard Frandsen
I shared the stage on Sunday, 19 September with Dr. Imane Khachani of Morocco at the Women Deliver event on "Accelerating Action on the MDGs: Delivering for Girls, Women and Babies" at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. At this important event, I spoke about the need to engage the private sector when developing solutions to addressing global public health issues. As a representative of the private sector, I wanted to highlight the fact that many companies, including Vestergaard Frandsen, want to be a partner in identifying and implementing solutions to improve the lives of girls and women.
As I said in my speech, which you can watch below: “Our solutions are mainly focused about women and their children... We’re over and over seeing that doing good is good business, and we’re over and over seeing again that there is neither conflict nor controversy between doing good and doing business.”
I was also in town to screen a new documentary film Vestergaard Frandsen produced about an integrated public health program in Kenya that combined HIV, malaria and diarrheal disease prevention initiatives. The film "The Test" showed how addressing Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6 together could reach large numbers of people in a short period of time while maximizing donor support versus addressing these killer diseases separately. For more information on the film, including ordering free copies, please visit www.thetestfilm.com
Watch my speech from the event: