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 the elimination of 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
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: For 13 years in Nigeria and nine years in Angola, Chevron has received no reports of mother-to-child HIV transmission among our employees or their qualified dependents participating in the program.
To expand on our success and have a greater impact in the community, Chevron joined UNAIDS, the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other leading world groups in pledging $20 million to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015 and help keep mothers alive. In 2012, we launched new partnerships with Pact and the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free (BLC). Working together we can help strengthen Nigeria's efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
In 2012, Chevron and BLC partnered to support an ambitious pilot program focused on empowering the Nasarawa state government to lead their own HIV response, setting concrete targets for the reduction of HIV transmission and developing a simple plan to get there. This plan, along with support from the Nigerian government and PEPFAR, is increasing services throughout the state for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). Since the pilot program launched:
- Health facilities providing PMTCT services have increased 109 percent.
- More than 52,690 women have been tested for HIV.
- More than 2,350 HIV-positive women have started anti-retroviral drug treatment for PMTCT.
In 2013, based on the success in Nasarawa, we announced a three-year commitment to expand the BLC program to the Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos states in Nigeria.
Partnering with Pact through the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PROMOT) project in Bayelsa state, we are increasing the adoption of PMTCT in two local government areas by creating a sustainable, community-based and government-supported PMTCT outreach program. In the first year PROMOT has trained four community-based organizations to support PMTCT outreach, delivered 5,960 hours of PMTCT training to 148 local health workers, reached 6,500 individuals, tested 7,300 women for HIV during pre-natal care and provided HIV counseling to nearly 700 people.
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Since 2008, Chevron has partnered with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, directing $55 million to programs in Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Chevron is proud to support the Global Fund in saving 8.7 million lives.
In December 2013, Chevron pledged an additional $5 million to support PMTCT services in Nigeria. This two-year contribution raises Chevron's eight-year investment in the organization to $60 million. Chevron is the Global Fund's inaugural Corporate Champion and their largest private sector partner.
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. Our five-year, $6 million agreement supports the recruitment and training of several American physicians each year to expand the program's focus into Angola and Liberia.
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.
The program began testing in July 2011 at two large maternity hospitals in Luanda, which each have 50 to 100 births per day. Over 18 months, the pilot program screened more than 33,000 babies, resulting in approximately 7,000 testing positive for the sickle cell trait.
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 also were conducted in 20 schools in Nakhon Si Thamarat Province and reached more than 1,200 students. Through a parent educator program, PATH and Chevron taught more than 12,000 adults the skills they need 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 strengthening access to and quality of midwifery services to ensure that all pregnant women and newborns are afforded skilled care before, during and after delivery. The activities include a series of training sessions for midwives in infection prevention, normal delivery care, basic emergency obstetrics and newborn care at the Community Health Center. Also included is a series of programs to improve community maternal and newborn care services.
Chevron Nigeria has deployed its Workplace Wellness initiative to small and medium-size businesses in Abuja, Kogi, Lagos and Nassarawa states. Although many large businesses in Nigeria have begun offering HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services to employees, the vast majority of small and mid-size 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.