The Daily Beast’s 2011 Women in the World Summit, a three-day gathering of international women leaders, kicked off yesterday at the Hudson Theatre in New York. The second annual event brings together more than 300 women, from Diane von Furstenberg to Melinda French Gates, and covers such critical issues as human trafficking, economic development and the gender gap.
HP’s Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of global social innovation, participated in a moderated discussion with Dr. Amy Lehman this morning, entitled “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Reaching Beyond the Connected World.” Zedlmayer and Dr. Lehman highlighted new, creative ways to bring modern healthcare to remote areas in the developing world. The two discussed the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC), the non-profit organization Dr. Lehman founded, which provides medical care to 300,000 people living on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in areas where electricity and even running water are scarce, with the goal of serving nearly 3 million people who live in the area.
During the panel, Zedlmayer commented, “Dr. Lehman’s floating clinic is the perfect example of how HP’s social innovation program works.” She continued, “To us, social innovation is about much more than philanthropy and we’ve evolved our programs from beyond just donations. We believe in philanthropy 3.0 – the idea of moving beyond purely monetary contributions and taking a holistic approach that includes the involvement of our partners, and the donation of our services and technology expertise to provide one comprehensive solution.”
On the panel with Dr. Lehman, Zedlmayer announced HP’s commitment to support the LTFHC in achieving its goals, specifically focusing on improving the clinic’s ability to serve its patients. In this collaboration, HP will take the same open and innovative approach to problem-solving for which the company is known. HP brings strong technology expertise and business acumen to the table, providing in-kind donations and equipment to bolster the clinic.
Given the complexity of the challenges involved in providing quality healthcare to the people living in the isolated areas surrounding Lake Tanganyika, a variety of solutions are required to create an effective and sustainable solution. These range from partnerships with mobile/telecommunications operators and logistics companies to leveraging HP’s strategic relationships in the region.
This news follows other recent HP announcements highlighting initiatives with mPedigree, mothers2mothers and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, all of which are providing significant improvements to the state of global health in Africa. HP is committed to using our problem-solving success to provide innovative solutions to social issues. In other words, by applying the same strategic thinking that makes HP a successful business, we can “do well” and “do good.”
(Image credit: Floating Health Clinic)