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Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
The world has an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate new HIV infections among children.
In 2009, approximately 370,000 children around the world became infected with HIV, and as many as 60,000 pregnant women died because of HIV. In contrast, high-income countries reported virtually no new HIV infections among children or maternal and child deaths due to HIV. In low- and middle-income countries, too few pregnant women have access to prevention and treatment services that could protect themselves and their families from HIV.
Institutions, NGOs and companies such as Chevron are working to address that need. At the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS in 2011, world leaders committed to eliminating new HIV infections in children and keeping their mothers alive by 2015. UNAIDS is pleased to have Chevron as a partner in this effort.
Rhonda I. Zygocki
Executive Vice President, Policy and Planning
We've been fighting AIDS for more than 25 years.
In 1986, we helped create one of the first workplace videos on AIDS. We confronted the fear and misinformation then sweeping many workplaces.
In 2005, we were the first in our industry to implement a global HIV/AIDS policy and program. We emphasize education and awareness and provide access to treatment to any Chevron employee who needs it.
We share our training program with suppliers and health care centers. We even partner with several governments, nongovernmental organizations and other companies to share our best practices in fighting this relentless disease.
Since 2008, Chevron has invested $30 million in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and committed to investing an additional $25 million for 2011 through 2013 to fight these diseases. And in 2011, we pledged $20 million to the UN's mission to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmissions worldwide.
After 25 years of fighting AIDS, I wish I could say we've won the battle. Or even that the end is in sight. One day it will be. One day, we'll defeat AIDS—in our workplace, in our homes, our neighborhoods and our nations. But we'll only do it by working together.