Global Health

Making a Difference, Not Just a Living

If you know IBM, the scope and depth of the initiatives detailed in our 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report will not surprise you. IBM undertakes actions at scale, and because corporate responsibility is fully integrated with our overall business strategy, our CSR programs are global in reach as they seek to enable fundamental transformations of societal […]

Help an International Research Team Fight the Zika Virus

(Brazilian Portuguese Version Below) Few people had heard of the Zika virus before 2015, when it began rapidly spreading in the Americas, particularly in Brazil. The virus is mostly spread by mosquitoes, although sexual and blood transmission are also possible. Some pregnant women who have contracted the Zika virus have given birth to infants with […]

Ghana Is Only the Beginning of New IBM and Peace Corps Collaboration

Ghana has long been a launch pad for groundbreaking international collaboration. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy sent the very first group of Peace Corps volunteers to Ghana. Eight years ago, the inaugural IBM Corporate Service Corps team, which brings IBM consultants, services, and talent to the world pro bono, also traveled to Ghana. For […]

Sustaining IBM’s Environmental Leadership

Every year on Earth Day, we stop to celebrate individuals and organizations that are doing their part and more, to protect our planet’s future. While these efforts are worth applauding, they must be sustained to make a difference. IBM has been firmly committed to environmental leadership for over four decades, and we have produced a […]

IBM Impact Grant Helps Strengthen Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide is a significant cause of death in many OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries and Belgium is among the most affected European nations. A key strategy in the prevention of suicide in the Flanders Region is the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, coordinated and operated by the Flemish Suicide Prevention Center. Here, skilled and trained […]

IBM Health Corps: New Ideas for Solving the World’s Health Problems

Zithulele Hospital is a medical marvel. It provides quality primary care for a community of 130,000 people scattered across part of the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa with just 146 beds and 13 fulltime doctors. Zithulele’s situation illustrates one of the major public health challenges in the world today: there aren’t enough doctors in […]

Honoring IBM’s Culture of Service

The 2015 winners of the eleventh annual IBM Volunteer Excellence Award have been announced. The IBM Volunteer Excellence Award is recognition from IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty, and is the highest form of global volunteer recognition given by the company to employees. IBM volunteers from 13 countries – nine teams and four individuals – […]

Earthquake, Floods, and an Urgent Migrant Crisis

Around the globe, IBM has continually engaged in response to disaster crises in the communities in which we live, work and do business. Last year was no different. Today, our responses integrate advanced technologies with the expertise of IBMers around the world who have the desire and training to serve. We deliver essential components of […]

World Community Grid Volunteers Help Power New Tuberculosis Research

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global killer. More than 1.5 million people, including 140,000 children, died from the disease in 2014 – a year in which 9.6 million new cases (more than 1 million of them children) were diagnosed. The World Health Organization has declared TB to be the world’s deadliest infectious disease, along with […]

Engage Communities, Harness Data, Transform Health: Introducing IBM Health Corps

Major advances in public health have been based on paradigm shifts in our understanding of either how disease spreads or is treated and how to keep populations healthy. Many of these advances have been made possible by collecting and analyzing data. For example, we once thought disease was spread by clouds of “bad air.” Dr. […]

IBM Mobile Technology Empowers Employees with Disabilities

Even with the rise in popularity of social media, IBM employees still rely on email, texts and instant messaging as their most essential communication tools. These tools are extremely important for deaf and hard of hearing people. Before mobile technology ownership and use exploded, deaf and hard of hearing people had to either find or […]

Data Science for a Better World

  IBM Fellow Saska Mojsilovic, Ph.D., led the creation of the Ebola Open Data Jam in 2014. A community effort which helped to identify, inventory and classify all open data sources related to the Ebola outbreak, it provided governments, aid agencies and researchers with free and open access to valuable open data related to Ebola. […]

Maternity Foundation and IBM Team on Safe Delivery Data Analysis

  Denmark’s Maternity Foundation has received an IBM Impact Grant to enable analysis of critical data collected by health workers using the Safe Delivery mobile application in developing countries. The grant includes delivery of SPSS Analytics and related consulting to help the Maternity Foundation track, improve and expand the effectiveness of the app among skilled […]

Giving From the Heart

In 2015, contributions through the IBM’s U.S. Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC) surpassed the $1 billion mark. Though primarily a fundraising campaign, ECCC also encourages volunteerism through the IBM On Demand Community, through which active and retired IBMers can contribute money and expertise to a growing list of nonprofit organizations and causes. In her observations […]

IBM Employees Help to Save and Improve Lives

In 2015, contributions through the IBM’s U.S. Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC) surpassed the $1 billion mark. Though primarily a fundraising campaign, ECCC also encourages volunteerism through the IBM On Demand Community. Active and retired IBMers contribute money and expertise to a growing list of nonprofit beneficiaries in just one example of IBM’s Culture of […]