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Access Bank Sets to Champion New Workplace Health Initiatives

In continuation of its leadership role and commitment to sustainable practices, Access Bank Plc. has declared its intention to champion the implementation of new initiatives in workplace health issues across the Sub-Saharan Africa. This announcement was made at the GBC Health Annual Conference held in New York recently.

Addressing an audience of about 700 delegates comprising of corporate executives, government leaders, policy makers, civil society visionaries and media personnel committed to exploring the future role of business in creating a healthier workplace, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Access Bank’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chair of the GBC-Health said that beyond Access Bank’s pioneering role in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Bank is expanding its frontiers on the global health space to provide support and implement programmes that will contain Cancer and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)”.

He added that “Access Bank’s resolve to continuously promote healthy living amongst its employees and other stakeholder groups is the Bank’s noble contribution towards the attainment of the MDGs”.

At this year’s annual conference entitled “Defining Forward: Business, Health and the Road Ahead” it featured lively discussions by leading voices across the globe such as former US Ambassador, Ms. Nancy Brinker, the First Lady of South Africa Rhonda Zygocki, Executive Vice President, Policy and Planning, Chevron Corporation; Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS; John Tedstrom, President and CEO, GBC-Health; Dr. Rob Donnelly, Vice President, Health, Royal Dutch Shell Plc; Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Company affirmed the need for businesses to seek innovative approaches to ending health issues at the workplace.

One of the major highlights of the conference was a presentation on the effect of breast cancer on women in developing countries by Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Founder and CEO, Susan G. Komen for Cure. According to her, “developing countries have most breast cancer cases and only 5% of the global resources to fight the disease are in those countries", adding that women in these countries only learn that they have breast cancer when it is too late and they die without even pain medication.

Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, GBCHealth Co-Chair and Access Bank, GMD/CEO used the occasion to acknowledge Ambassador Brinker’s works, saying “it is people like you who give the world hope…I work for a Bank that has basically said beyond making profits, beyond signing new customers, beyond all the things that Banks are supposed to do, we have a responsibility to serve those in the community. The work that Komen for Cure is doing resounds particularly with us at Access Bank”.

GBCHealth Awards and Dinner is the culmination of the annual conference. The annual event attracts over 700 corporate executives, government leaders, policy makers, civil society visionaries and media champions to explore the future role of business in creating a healthier workplace.

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