Partnering to Eliminate HIV/AIDS
In Africa, HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects women, increasing the risk of mother-to-child transmission of the disease and threatening communities. In response, Chevron has made eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Angola, Nigeria and South Africa one of our priorities.
We partner with governments and global, national and local organizations to strengthen health systems, create greater HIV/AIDS awareness, reduce the stigma associated with the disease and provide access to testing and treatment.
Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
In Angola and Nigeria, our voluntary workplace program to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV creates a culture that encourages HIV testing and treatment, fights the stigma associated with the disease, and provides comprehensive medical care for employees and their dependents. The program has had a remarkable impact. Since 2001 in Nigeria and 2005 in Angola, Chevron has received no reports of mother-to-child transmission of HIV among its employees or qualified dependents participating in prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs.
To expand on our success and have a greater impact within the communities in which we operate, Chevron joined UNAIDS, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and other leading world groups on a mission to help eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. In 2012, we launched new partnerships with Pact, Born Free Africa (BFA), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Working together with these partners as well as with national and local governments, we can help eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Angola, Nigeria and South Africa.
In 2012, Chevron and BFA partnered on an ambitious program to empower the Nigerian federal and state governments to lead their own HIV responses, setting concrete targets for the reduction of HIV transmission and developing a simple plan to get there. This investment, along with essential support from the Nigerian government, members of the international donor community and local implementing partners, is increasing prevention of mother-to-child transmission services in the states most affected. Chevron initially supported a pilot program in Nasarawa State and has since expanded the partnership to Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Since its launch in 2012, our partnership with BFA in Nigeria has contributed to a dramatic scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs in Nigeria and to impressive results in the states where we work:
- We have equipped 659 health facilities to provide PMTCT services.
- Of the 166,487 pregnant women tested for HIV, approximately 3.5 percent tested positive.
- More than 5,000 pregnant women living with HIV are accessing antiretrovirals for PMTCT.
Through our partnership with Pact and the PROMOT Project in Bayelsa State, we have established a sustainable, community-based, government-supported PMTCT outreach program across the state. Since our partnership began in 2012, PROMOT has achieved remarkable results:
- Training in state-of-the-art PMTCT approaches and techniques has been provided to 449 individuals.
- PMTCT messaging has reached 117,898 individuals.
- Nearly 31,000 pregnant women have taken HIV tests, received their results and been counseled at health facilities.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Since 2008, Chevron has partnered with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, directing $60 million to programs in Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Chevron is The Global Fund’s inaugural Corporate Champion and its largest single corporate partner. Chevron’s support of The Global Fund has contributed to saving 8.7 million lives.
Providing Pediatric Health Care
We also partner with Baylor College of Medicine and the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital, the largest university-based program in the world dedicated to improving the lives of HIV-infected children. BIPAI’s Global Health Corps program provides life-saving pediatric health care, treatment and training to the most medically underserved populations in Africa. The program embeds physicians in these underserved communities both to deliver direct care and treatment to patients and to provide health training to local medical professionals.
Fighting Sickle Cell Anemia
Chevron is providing $4 million over four years for the Angola Sickle Cell Initiative. Chevron partnered with the Republic of Angola, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in 2011 to create Angola's first comprehensive program to screen and treat newborns for sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder that causes susceptibility to infection, hemolytic anemia, sporadic blockage of blood vessels and organ damage. In Africa, no universal screening program for newborns exists.
Since 2011, the program has screened more than 65,000 babies and enrolled more than 900 in a treatment program.
Chevron partners with North Star Alliance, an organization created to address the impact of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases among long-distance truck drivers and their communities. A Roadside Wellness Center at a Caltex truck stop off a major highway near Durban provides health services to the estimated 3,500 truckers who travel the route each day.
We work with PATH and the Mahasadum Group to conduct AIDS Education Youth Camps. More than 120 young leaders received leadership and HIV/AIDS-awareness training. AIDS awareness workshops were also conducted in 20 schools in Nakhon Si Thamarat Province, reaching more than 1,200 students. Through a parent educator program, PATH and Chevron taught more than 12,000 adults the skills they need in order to communicate with their children about HIV/AIDS.
West Java, Indonesia
In Indonesia, we work in partnership with Jhpiego and the local government to improve maternal and newborn health services in communities surrounding Chevron’s production area in East Kalimantan Province and in Riau Province. During this three-year project, which started in January 2011, we developed a model for improving the quality of and increasing access to midwife services to ensure that all pregnant women and newborns are afforded skilled care before, during and after delivery. Included are a series of training sessions for midwives in infection prevention, normal delivery care, basic emergency obstetrics and newborn care. Programs to improve community maternal and newborn care services are also part of the project.
Chevron Nigeria has deployed its Workplace Wellness initiative to small and medium-sized businesses in Abuja, Kogi, Lagos and Nasarawa states. Although many large businesses in Nigeria have begun offering HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services to employees, the vast majority of small and medium-sized businesses, which make up 70 to 80 percent of businesses in Nigeria, have not. This peer education program includes training about HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis for employees as well as members of their communities.