Lilly: Tackling Global Health Problems Together

Jul 22, 2014 10:50 PM ET

Tackling Global Health Problems Together

Today’s guest post comes to us from our Senior Director, International Government Affairs, John Steele.    Global challenges require global solutions. This relatively simple idea shapes Lilly's efforts to deliver on our promise to help make the world a healthier place for people today, and tomorrow. The need for a collaborative approach becomes particularly important when we consider the challenges that affect people across national borders, like an aging population, or the growth of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).   As we reflect on strategies to improve global health the question becomes: what mechanisms can we use to help us discover and create these global solutions?    Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to join Lilly’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communication, Bart Peterson, for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) China CEO Forum. APEC is an organization of 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific region with a common goal to promote free trade and increase prosperity in the region. At the CEO Forum, Chinese, US and other APEC business and government leaders convened to explore ways the region can cope with an aging, and ailing, workforce.    Read on for more about a new study from the APEC Business Advisory Council on the impact of NCDs on worker productivity.