Students and recent graduates of GBSN member schools, University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Mediterranean School of Business, have launched Alzheimer’s Family Assistance in Tunisia. The start-up was first seeded in the fall of 2012, two short years after the ousting of a brutal dictatorship. This wave of change has cultivated a new environment for entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
It has been estimated that by 2025 as many as 60,000 Tunisians will be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. "It's an irreversible degeneration of the brain that can lead to death, and Tunisian families don't know what to do for their loved ones who have this disease." - Dr. Afef Hammami, now a graduate of MSB, founder of Alzheimer's Family Assistance. Currently, the medical and social infrastructure fails to provide necessary support for patients and their families.
Alzheimer's Family Assistance offers in-home daily care, nurse and caregiver training, and memory-stimulating products for patients. In addition to patient care, the AFA will also provide critical support to afflicted families. These services will range from training family members how to live with someone with Alzheimer’s to coping strategies as they slowly loose loved ones.
The Global Business School Network along with co-hosts IPADE Business School and the University of Miami School of Business will host an international CSR Summit featuring some of the world’s premier management educators to discuss the new and innovative ways institutions are shaping our future responsible managers and leaders. Themed, Planting the Seeds of CSR: Programs, Policies and Pedagogy, the Summit will explore opportunities to increase multi-sector engagement in management education the region, particularly with the private sector. AFA is a model for how companies can support their communities and create positive change through business.
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Brennon Thompson is the Communications and Event Planning Intern at the Global Business School Network