GBCHealth Honors Laerdal’s Commitment to Maternal and Newborn Health

June 25, 2014


Laerdal Global Health was announced as the 2014 winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Business Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Health, GBCHealth’s most prestigious honor. The award recognizes Laerdal Global Health’s contribution to the health of hundreds of thousands of mothers and babies across the developing world, and was presented to Tore Laerdal at USAID’s high-level forum, Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths, in Washington, D.C. 


From left: Gary Cohen (Chairman GBCHealth), Eremine Kabanshi (Minister of Community Development and Mother and Child Health, Zambia), Tore Laerdal (Managing Director, Laerdal Global Health), and Nancy Wildfeir-Field (GBCHealth President).  

Read more about why GBC chose to give the award to Laerdal Global Health here.

About the Award

Former US diplomat, statesman and UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke led GBCHealth from 2001 to 2008 under its former name, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and was a passionate advocate for the power of business to create a healthier world. Bestowed annually, this award honors companies and leaders that share and act upon Holbrooke’s vision and is one of the ways in which GBCHealth continues to advocate for greater business action on health. Previous recipients of GBCHealth’s Richard C. Holbrooke Business Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Health include Levi-Strauss & Co., the National Basketball Association (NBA), George Soros and Pfizer.


GBCHealth promotes private sector participation in achieving the highest-priority global health goals. Drawing on its active network of companies and public sector partners, GBCHealth drives progress in the areas of greatest need and where the assets of the business community can have maximum impact. GBCHealth’s central focus is the final push to achieve the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their December 31, 2015 deadline. GBCHealth also helps coordinate private sector input to shape the transition from the MDGs to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.