Dr. Brian Brink worked for the Anglo American Group in South Africa for 33 years. He retired as Chief Medical Officer at the end of 2014. During his tenure he advised Group companies on a broad range of health issues, including occupational health, employee health and wellbeing, disease management, employee and family health benefits, as well as health systems strengthening in disadvantaged communities. Dr. Brink strived to enhance the role of the private sector as a partner in improving access to sustainable, quality healthcare- particularly in developing countries.
Dr. Brink has been actively involved in tackling HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. He was responsible for guiding Anglo American’s response to HIV/AIDS and TB, both in the workplace and in communities associated with the company’s operations. Anglo American was one of the first large companies to provide free AIDS treatment to its employees. By the end of 2014, Group companies continued to sponsor one of the largest single employer based HIV wellness programme in the world, with 9,000 employees enrolled in HIV care and support, of whom 66% were receiving antiretroviral therapy. The company also invested in several community-based initiatives to prevent the further spread of HIV and to accelerate access to HIV/AIDS and TB testing and treatment.
On a broader scale, Dr. Brink is actively involved in addressing the particular challenge the HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics pose to business in Southern Africa and internationally. He chairs the SADC Private Sector Constituency on Health. He also has an active interest in adolescent and gender issues in relation to HIV and AIDS, particularly the extraordinary vulnerability of young women and girls to HIV infection.
Representing the Private Sector, Dr. Brink has served the board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria since the inception of the Fund and was vice-chair of the Fund’s Audit and Ethics Committee for a two year term. Dr. Brink is a member of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Trust, which oversees the implementation of the country’s National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STI’s. Dr. Brink is an independent director of Discovery Limited, the largest health insurer in South Africa, which has interests in the US, UK and Asia. He also sits on the boards of various NGOs involved in health and human rights including “Section 27 (incorporating the AIDS Law Project)” and “Right to Care” in South Africa; and “GrassrootSoccer” based in New York.
In recognition of his contribution to the fight against AIDS, particularly in the private sector, Dr. Brink was awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine by the University of the Witwatersrand in December 2014.