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We had a day of inspiring and engaging content, live events, and peer networking to explore how we can #RebuildBetter and ensure health access for all.

Meet some of the amazing speakers who joined

Samir Singh

Global EVP, Skin Cleansing, Unilever

Sanda Ojiambo

Executive Director and CEO, United Nations Global Compact

Dr Kayode Afolabi

Director, Reproductive Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria

Amira Ghouaibi

Global Council on the Future of Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum

Dr Elise Dallas 

GP Clinic Lead and GP Safeguarding Lead, Babylon Health

Dr Austen El-Osta

Director- Self-Care Academic Research Unit, Department of Primary Care & Public Health- Imperial College London

Margaux Yost

BSR, HERProject, Health Lead

Zahid Torres-Rahman

CEO, Business Fights Povety

Óscar Serrano Oria

Program Specialist - Nutrition and ECD, UNICEF UK

Let's #RebuildBetter Together

COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, devastating impacts on the lives, livelihoods and learning of millions of people, particularly the most vulnerable. While efforts have rightly focused on mitigating the immediate impacts, we need to start thinking about efforts to recover and rebuild, because action taken now will have long-lasting effects on people's well-being and resilience.

The pandemic has exacerbated deep inequalities and fragilities in the current system that have always been there. We as a community have the opportunity and the responsibility to act now to build a better future.

The Business Fights Poverty Virtual Summit Series builds on the success and experience of our recent online conferences, Business Fights Poverty Online 2020 and Business Fights Poverty NYC 2020, to dig deeper into a specific issue over the course of a day.

At this event we focused on health access for the most vulnerable, and looked at this from a variety of different angles. The event coincided with World Handwashing Day 2020, and we explored the Day's theme of "Hand Hygiene for All" in our first panel discussion. We will then moved on to self-care and, through our workshop session, we looked at how this can help health systems rebuild after COVID-19.

The day provided us with the opportunity to collectively set out a vision for what “better” looks like - at the level of society, business and the individual, and spark collaborative action to make this a reality.

Participants came away with fresh insights and new peer relationships.


1.00 - 1.30 PM BST


Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between:

Myriam Sidibé, Founder, Brands on a Mission, and Chair and Co-Founder, National Business Compact on Coronavirus (NBCC), Kenya

Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST



How can we ensure hand hygiene for all?

Hosted with Brands on a Mission

COVID-19 has put handwashing centre stage - and also exposed issues around ensuring access to hygiene for all, especially the most vulnerable. This session, taking place on Global Handwashing Day, will explore the challenges facing, and strategies for achieving, access to hygiene and health.

The session will focus on the role that companies and their brands can play, in collaboration with government and NGOs, to ensure access and drive the necessary consumer behaviour change. We will deep dive into the experience of companies and coalitions that have been at the forefront of handwashing, including during the current pandemic.


Janet Mbugua, Founder, Inua Dada Foundation, TV Presenter and Author ‘My First Time’

Myriam Sidibé, Founder, Brands on a Mission, and Chair and Co-Founder, National Business Compact on Coronavirus (NBCC), Kenya

Samir Singh, Global EVP, Skin Cleansing, Unilever

Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director and CEO, United Nations Global Compact

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.00 PM BST



An opportunity for peer discussion and networking.

3.00 - 4.00 PM BST



How can self-care help health systems rebuild better during COVID-19?

Hosted with Bayer

Even before COVID-19 the World Health Organisation had estimated that half the world’s population lacked access to basic health services, putting the achievement of SDG 3 in serious doubt. Now the stakes are even higher. A new Business Fights Poverty Challenge with life sciences company Bayer, is exploring how wider uptake of ‘self-care’ approaches can reduce pressure on strained health systems, improve vulnerable people’s health outcomes and empower individuals and communities in the process.

Self-care innovations currently range from self- testing HIV kits in Kenya to telemedicine campaigns being led by US pharmacies, and much more in between. COVID-19 provides a window of opportunity to seriously build support for self-care approaches - both to effectively continue to respond to the emergency and for the longer- term with regard to cardiovascular disease, healthy pregnancies and immunity.


Amira Ghouaibi, Global Council on the Future of Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum

Dr Austen El-Osta, Director- Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU), Department of Primary Care & Public Health, Imperial College London

Daniella Foster, Global VP & Head, Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer

Donna Castle, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, PAGB, Consumer HealthCare Association

Dr Elise Dallas, GP Clinic Lead and GP Safeguarding Lead, Babylon Health

Gillian Christie, Senior Manager, Business Development, Walmart Health, and Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Judy Stenmark, CEO, Global Self-Care Federation

Margaux Yost, HERProject, Health Lead, BSR

Dr Kayode Afolabi, Director, Reproductive Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria

Óscar Serrano Oria, Program Specialist - Nutrition and ECD, UNICEF UK

Pierre Moon, Director, Population Services International and Self Care Trailblazers Group

Alice Allan, Challenge Director, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

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