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World AIDS Day – Let’s end it

29 NOVEMBER 2018

World AIDS Day is 1st December. Encourage your employees to learn the latest about HIV and AIDS.

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5 ways to step up productivity at your workplace

22 NOVEMBER 2018

1 in 4 people are not getting enough exercise. Are your employees? Employees who find it difficult to exercise during the day are 96% less likely to be productive.

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Focus on Diabetes

15 NOVEMBER 2018

More than 425 million people live with diabetes. Learn more about the condition and how it can be prevented.

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Don't let stress take a toll on your health

8 NOVEMBER 2018

Stress can be very detrimental, both in the workplace and in our day to day lives. Here are a few simple tips to manage stress.

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HAND IN HAND AGAINST FRAUD

1 November 2018

Fraud prevention is key when it comes to protecting a medical health plan. It can have a significant financial impact on organisations. Find out about our anti-fraud policy and actions.

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The local approach in Switzerland

25 OCTOBER 2018

How important is it to take a local approach? We ask Inge Trompet, our Local Representative in Switzerland.

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WORLD Mental Health Day: Mental Health at work

10 October 2018

On World Mental Health Day we're taking a look at workplace stress and how organisations can help their employees manage it.

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Local Support from Case Managers

4 October 2018

Celiwe Mngomezulu, one of our Case Managers, tells us a bit about herself and how she supports staff members in South Africa.

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World heart day

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

Heart health is at the heart of all health! 29th September is World Heart Day and we’re honoured to join the World Heart Federation in raising awareness on the importance of heart health.

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Discover the key Health & Wellbeing trends

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cigna’s 2018 360° Wellbeing Survey gives you insights into the key health and wellbeing issues people are facing today.

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PREVENTING AND TREATING BACK PAIN

13 September 2018

Most of us will have a minor back problem at one time or another. Here are some tips and tricks to prevent pain and care for your back.

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A personal experience with Global Telehealth

6 September 2018

Global Telehealth provides convenient access to quality health care through live video or phone calls with international doctors. Read one user's personal experience.

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Safeguarding for NGOs

23 August 2018

Val Flynn, the moderator for our recent Critical Incident Management and Safeguarding workshops for NGOs, explains the rationale behind the initiative and the key takeaways so far.

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Going deeper in Africa

9 August 2018

Together with Hollard, South Africa's largest privately-owned insurance group, Cigna offers an affordable, compliant and internationally-administered health care solution for Africa.

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Meet Cigna's Doctors on the Ground

26 JULY 2018

Dr Inge Schrever, our Associate Medical Director, tells us how she came to work at Cigna and how her team helps our plan members around the world acces quality and affordable medical care.

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Opioid Addiction is a Preventable Disease

12 JULY 2018

Opioids could be impacting your employees, as well as your business. Here are some ways to help your employees manage pain.

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Naturally lower your blood sugar

28 JUNE 2018

Small lifestyle changes, like being more active and planning your meals for the week, can make a big difference when it comes to managing your blood sugar.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA

21 JUNE 2018

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice. Learn all about it on the International Day of Yoga!

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SAVING CONGOLESE CHILDREN'S LIVES WITH FAMILY KITS

14 June 2018

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the third highest child mortality rate worldwide. UNICEF’s Family Kits project aims to fight child mortality by distributing Family Kits. Fabienne Kabeya, our local Communication Officer went on the road with UNICEF to learn more about their Family Kits project.

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MOdern Stress and our Old Brain

7 June 2018

Our brain is our most valuable asset, and yet most of us don’t know anything about the way it works. Theo Compernolle explains how we can take better care of our brain at work.

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Tobacco breaks hearts
31 MAY 2018

31st May is World No Tobacco Day. We’re partnering with the World Health Organisation to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use. This year, the main focus is on the effect of tobacco on cardiovascular health.

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Implementing the New GDPR

24 MAY 2018

The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation ('GDPR') changes data protection law in Europe.

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Food Matters

17 MAY 2018

Employers who invest in their employees’ health receive an estimated ROI of at least 76% on productivity gains alone. These ideas will encourage your staff to eat healthier.

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Playing an away game requires serious homework

10 May 2018

South African brokers need to be on top of their game when preparing their clients for an “away game”, particularly when it comes to health insurance for expatriates operating elsewhere in Africa.

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The health benefits of laughter

3 May 2018

Having a good laugh not only feels good, it's also good for you. Discover the many health beenfits of laughter.

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NGOs gather to discuss critical incidents and sexual abuse in the aid sector

26 APRIL 2018

To further support NGOs, Cigna NGO Health Benefits is organising a series of Duty of Care Workshops to help these organisations better understand and address the issues around care for their staff.

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How working abroad boosts your career

19 APRIL 2018

A recent study by the British Council found that international work experience plays a key role in enhancing innovation and productivity in the workplace.

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Is lack of sleep affecting your work?

12 April 2018

According to Cigna’s 360° Wellbeing survey, only 39% of Globally Mobile Individuals have good sleep quality. Read on to find out why sleep is so important and how to improve your sleep.

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Leveraging Experience and Knowledge to Serve International Organisations

5 April 2018

Helga Gils, Cigna's Service Operations Director, takes you on a journey behind the scenes of the Customer services team and their key priorities.

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Advantages of mHealth for a Globally Mobile Workforce

29 MARCH 2018

Dr José Quesada, Cigna's Chief Medical Officer for International Markets, explains how mobile health applications can support International Organisations in helping their employees improve their health and wellbeing.

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What You Need to Know about Data Protection

22 MARCH 2018

We go above and beyond to make sure our clients' data are safe and secure. Find out about the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how we're preparing for it.

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World NGO Day – Helping the helpers

27 FEBRUARY 2018

On World NGO Day we’d like to take the opportunity to thank NGOs worldwide for everything they do to make our world a better place.

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Mental health at work

22 FEBRUARY 2018

With at least one in four people experiencing some kind of mental health problem each year, is it time to take a closer look at the issue?  When talking about work and stress, it seems almost impossible to have one without the other.

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Duty of Care in Practice

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Hannele Haggman, Senior Health Officer at The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Switzerland, explains how the organisation cares for its staff members around the world.

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The Cigna Foundation

8 February 2018

The Cigna Foundation was established 56 years ago, in 1962. Mary Tullis Engvall, the new Executive Director, explains what they do and how they partner with non-profit organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of people in need.

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Bart Jordens appointed Global Head of Innovation, meet our new CEO Arjan Toor

1 February 2018

We are pleased to announce that Bart Jordens has been appointed Global Head of Innovation. After 15 years in the exciting world of IGO’s and NGO’s, he’s now moving to a global role within the Cigna organisation.

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Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

25 JANUARY 2018

Some individuals may experience mood swings or even depression during the changing of the seasons, typically in the winter months. Apply these four tips daily to help you keep your mind happy and body active this winter.

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Modern Health Care and Big Data

11 January 2018

If there’s one thing that technology and health care experts agree on, it’s the huge impact that digital technology is having on the global health care industry. Big Data and analytics will be able to provide deeper insights into health and treatments on both an industry and personal level.

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Happy New Year

4 January 2018

We created a short video to wish you a healthy and happy 2018!

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Ergonomically correct

7 December 2017

A musculoskeletal disorder is any damage or injury of the muscles and/or joints of the back and limbs. They account for many work related illnesses. Here are some ways to help your employees prevent these disorders.

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Raising Awareness on World AIDS Day

1 December 2017

World AIDS Day is 1st December. We’d like to take this opportunity to join the World Health Organisation in raising awareness. Read on for the facts, prevention tips and advice for supporting those with AIDS or HIV.

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Meeting the needs of expatriates in sub-Saharan Africa

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Globally mobile individuals came under the spotlight in the 2017 Cigna 360° Wellbeing Survey. Find out about expatriates in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how to meet their needs.

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Living smart, living healthy

16 NOVEMBER 2017

We’re taking on a more proactive approach in managing our health, and the rapid convergence between health care and technology makes this possible. Find out about the latest developments in consumer health care technology.

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Resolving Employee Absenteeism

9 November 2017

Absenteeism costs over $2 billion to the US economy alone each yearFind out what causes absenteeism and what the implications are for a company. You'll also find some tips on how to reduce absenteeism in the workplace.

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If the future of health care is digital, the vital signs are looking good

2 November 2017

What has the impact of technology been on the health care industry? Let’s look at just a few of the breakthroughs digital technology brought in the past few years.

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CONNECTING YOUR EMPLOYEES TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

24 OCTOBER 2017

57% of millennials consider wellbeing very important when it comes to choosing a job. Make wellbeing easier for your globally mobile employees with the Cigna Wellbeing app.

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Protect your Bones with Calcium and Vitamin D

19 OCTOBER 2017

Did you know over 8,9 million broken bones occur worldwide because of osteoporosis? On World Osteoporosis Day we're joining the The International Osteoporosis Foundation in raising awareness. Read on for statistics and prevention tips.

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Mental health in the workplace

10 October 2017

Mental health issues such as stress have been shown to increase employee absenteeism, lower rates of productivity and increase costs. So what causes job stress and what can you do about it? Find out here.

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Live long and prosper

5 october 2017

People globally are living longer thanks to advances in medicine and better living standards. Digital health care is providing solutions to rising health care costs. Read on to find out about the technological advances in the health care sector.

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WORLD HEART DAY

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Heart health is at the heart of all health! 29th September is World Heart Day and we’re honoured to join the World Heart Federation in raising awareness on the importance of heart health.

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Our Digital Future

14 September 2017

Find out how technology can help solve the health care challenges of aging populations, the rising incidence of chronic disease, and the question of the affordability and accessibility of care.

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Cigna's Corporate Responsibility in 2016

31 AUGUST 2017

Our unique corporate responsibility platform empowers and guides us in connecting our mission, expertise and resources to a broad range of environmental, social and governance efforts.

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World Humanitarian Day

17 August 2017

On World Humanitarian Day, Cigna honours volunteers worldwide who help people in need. Did you know there’s a strong link between volunteering & health?

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Stress is a working reality

3 AUGUST 2017

45% of working days lost are due to stress, anxiety or depression, an average of 23.9 days per employee. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are three easy-to-implement ideas, inspired by recent research.

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preventing stress in remote or hostile environments

20 JULY 2017

Thanks to her broad experience, Allison Male, psychologist and victim counsellor, is extremely well-placed to testify on the mental health issues staff on foreign assignment can be exposed to. She helps us understand the different types of stress and how to prevent them.

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Facilitating Knowledge Exchange

6 JULY 2017

Sharing knowledge is key to achieve our mission - helping the people we serve improve their health, wellbeing and sense of security. That's why we organised two events to share knowledge in June.

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International day of yoga

20 JUNE 2017

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice. Find out more about it in time for the International Day of Yoga on 21st June!

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Your blood can save lives

13 JUNE 2017

On 14th June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. Why are blood donations so important? And how did Cigna support the initiative?

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Aid for Aid Workers

8 June 2017

Emergency situations and hostile environments can be an everyday experience for IGO and NGO workers. And aid workers are becoming increasingly concerned about whether their employers are providing adequate duty of care.

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Are employers providing adequate duty of care to the globally mobile?

1 JUNE 2017

Duty of care improves trust, engagement, productivity and long-term commitment. What is it exactly and are organisations succeeding in providing it? Learn more.

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Challenges and new opportunities for NGOs

18 MAY 2017

Katja Habets, Senior Account Manager NGO Health Benefits, explains her role and what she sees as the main challenges and opportunities for NGOs.

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International Day of Families

11 MAY 2017

15th May is the International Day of Families. Did you know early interactions with parents & caregivers jumpstarts brain development & learning in children? We'd also like to take this apportunity to thank the Cigna volunteers who helped build homes for three families in Thailand.

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Why is it called non-medical insurance?

4 May 2017

The term ‘non-medical insurance’ has very little to do with the areas of health care it covers. It can be a bit confusing, so read on to learn more.

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Providing Duty of Care for Staff With a disability

27 APRIL 2017

Tom van Herwijnen, Manager Health, Safety & Security for CBM International (the world’s leading disability and development organisation) explains the aspects of Duty of Care for staff with a disability.

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Go Green for World Earth Day

20 APRIL 2017

World Earth Day is a globally recognised awareness day with events celebrated worldwide each year to show support for environmental protection. Cigna is happy to join the cause and help raise awareness for the impact our daily choices have on our planet. 

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Our dedicated Health & Wellbeing approach

13 April 2017

Livia Mensah, Cigna’s Health & Wellbeing Coordinator, gives us a peek into her role and how she can help organisations create a sustainable culture of health.

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Focus on Depression

6 April 2017

350 million people around the world suffer from depression. And depression-related suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death for young people. That’s why we're joining the World Health Organization to raise awareness and support for the millions of people around the world living with this illness. 

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Innovation and rethinking the claiming experience

30 MARCH 2017

Meet Mathieu, Cigna's new Innovation Manager. He fills us in on his new role and the innovations Cigna has in store for 2017.

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World tuberculosis day: 24 March

23 MARCH 2017

On 24th March, the World Health Organization (WHO) raises awareness about the burden of tuberculosis worldwide as well the progress made towards its cure. Read on for more information on the disease.

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Fighting fraud with our 360° approach

16 march 2017

The detection, prevention and investigation of fraud, waste and abuse is vital in order to keep a medical plan viable. We sat down with Mohamed Oulhadj, Head of the Fraud Investigation Unit, to discuss the evolution of health care fraud detection.

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DUTY of care - Legal or moral?

9 march 2017

Most organisations understand they have a legal duty of care towards their employees. But what does this really mean? And why do we talk about a moral duty of care?

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WORLD NGO DAY

27 FEBRUARY 2017

On World NGO Day we'd like to take the opportunity to thank NGOs around the world for their work and positive impact on society. 

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The four dimensions of hEALTH

16 FEBRUARY 2017

How can you create a sustainable culture of health? The first and most important part is knowing how healthy your employees are.

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HAND IN HAND AGAINST FRAUD

9 February 2017

Fraud prevention is key when it comes to protecting a medical health plan. It can have a significant financial impact on organisations. Find out about our anti-fraud policy and actions.

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LOOKING FOR A PERSONAL APPROACH?

2 February 2017

Our clinical case managers can help your employees with a chronic condition. They can provide support and answer their health-related questions.

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Duty of care roadshow

19 January 2017

Duty of Care is a moral or legal obligation to ensure the safety or well-being of others. In 2016 we initiated a Roadshow on this important topic.

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WHAT IS ACTIVE CASE MANAGEMENT?

8 December 2016

Find out what active case management means at Cigna and read about a day in the life of Hellen Gatwiri Kiburi, our case manager in Nairobi.

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WORLD AIDS DAY

1 DECEMBER 2016

Today is World AIDS Day so we’d like to take this chance to help you to better understand the disease.

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Taking wellness to the workplace

17 november 2016

Organisations that actively promote health and well-being are two and a half times more likely to be a best in class performer. Paul Debrabandere is here to present the tools that will get your wellness strategy going and how you can measure the impact of your investments in health and well-being.

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Cigna's corporate social responsability
27 October 2016

The Cigna team is proud to serve as a catalyst for change in the more than 30 countries in which we operate. Here are some of our efforts and accomplishments in 2015.

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