We have learned through decades of experience that Chevron’s success is tied to the health and prosperity of the communities where we operate. When public health issues put employee productivity, the well-being of communities and supply-chain reliability at risk, they are a business issue, and Chevron strives to take action to help resolve them. At Chevron, we’re committed to using our human, financial and technological resources to support partnerships and programs that promote healthy communities and improve access to health care for our employees, their families and the communities where we operate.
Prevention of HIV/AIDS is a major focus of our efforts, as some of our largest operations are located in countries where its grip is the strongest.
what we’re doing
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.
Chevron works with our partners using an integrated approach to strengthen health systems where we operate. In our fight against HIV/AIDS, we recognize that ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV is one of the most feasible ways to achieve an AIDS-free generation.
the power of partnership – working toward an HIV/AIDS-free generation
This is the story of a unique public/private partnership of businesses, nongovernmental and international organizations, and governments that work together to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria. By joining forces, an entire generation can be born free of HIV.
Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV
In Angola and Nigeria, our voluntary workplace program for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) 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 PMTCT programs.
To expand on our success and have a greater impact within the communities where we operate, Chevron joined UNAIDS, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and other leading world groups 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 collaborated on an ambitious program to empower the Nigerian federal and state governments to lead their own HIV responses, setting concrete targets to reduce HIV transmission and developing an achievable plan. By working with members of the Nigerian government and the international donor community, as well as with local implementing partners, this investment has continued to increase services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the states that are most affected. Chevron initially supported a pilot program in Nasarawa state and has since expanded the partnership to Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Our partnership with BFA in Nigeria contributed to a dramatic increase in PMTCT programs in Nigeria and to impressive results in the states where we work. In Nasarawa, Bayelsa and Rivers states:
- 670 health clinics are now providing PMTCT services.
- More than 620,000 pregnant women have been tested for HIV; 4.8 percent tested positive.
- More than 20,600 pregnant women living with HIV have begun antiretroviral therapy.
Through our partnership with Pact and the PROMOT Project in Bayelsa state, we have established a sustainable, statewide, community-based, government-supported PMTCT outreach program. Since the partnership’s launch in 2012, PROMOT has achieved these remarkable results:
- 735 people have been trained in state-of-the-art PMTCT approaches and techniques.
- PMTCT messaging has reached 294,400 people.
- More than 53,600 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 one of its largest single corporate partners. Chevron's support of The Global Fund has contributed to 20 million lives saved.
Providing pediatric health care
We also partner with 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 and Latin America. The program places physicians in these communities to deliver direct care and treatment to patients and to provide health training to local medical professionals.
Fighting sickle cell anemia
Chevron partnered with the Republic of Angola and BIPAI 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. At the beginning of our partnership in 2011, Chevron pledged $4 million to the Angola Sickle Cell Initiative. In 2015, we committed an additional $5 million to this initiative over the next five years.
Since the program’s launch in 2011, more than 182,000 babies have been tested for sickle cell anemia, and more than 1,700 Angolan nurses, lab technicians and social workers have been trained.
In 2014, Chevron expanded its partnership with BIPAI to improve the quality of health care in rural Colombia, where we have been producing natural gas since 1977. Our latest collaboration focuses on members of the Wayúu indigenous community in La Guajira, one of the country’s most impoverished states. The $1.5 million, five-year pediatric health care program, called SAIL (Salud y Autosuficiencia Indígenas en La Guajira), aims to decrease the high morbidity and mortality rates for children and mothers in this remote area. In 2016, the program received the Colombian National Nutrition Award from the Exito Foundation.
In 2016, a program focused on improving the health of mothers and children in the Neuquén province of Argentina was launched. Recognizing the need for the growing population to have sustainable access to quality health care, particularly for mothers and children, Chevron and project partner YPF worked with BIPAI and the Health Ministry of Neuquén to develop a mother-child health care program in the town of Añelo. The program includes training, housing and logistics for local physicians.
Chevron has partnered with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation to fund the Kethuphila Youth Centre in Masiphumelele, a township outside the Cape Town city center. It provides youth-friendly health services in addition to facilities for recreation and study. The objective is to address high-risk sexual behavior, concerns around HIV testing, the lack of youth-friendly services and feelings of vulnerability among the youth. Chevron’s investment has led to the introduction of the Tutu Teen Truck, a self-sufficient mobile health care unit equipped with two counseling rooms and a dispensing cubicle, taking health care to a broader youth community.
In 2012, Chevron partnered with the Path2Health Foundation on a project called Empowering People Living With HIV/AIDS (PHA) to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health Through Parent-Child Communication. The project strengthened PHA networks in the Sisaket, Ubonratchathani and Udornthani provinces. PHA groups became community leaders, training parents to improve their family communication skills about sex so that their children protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies. More than 5,275 people benefited from this project.
East Kalimantan and Riau, Indonesia
In Indonesia, we worked in partnership with Jhpiego and local government agencies to improve maternal and newborn health services in communities surrounding Chevron’s production area in East Kalimantan and Riau provinces. During this two-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. The project includes a series of training sessions for midwives in infection prevention, normal delivery care, basic emergency obstetrics and newborn care. We also established Desa SIAGA, the Alert Village initiative, which advocates for everyone playing a part in helping to save mothers’ lives. “SIAGA” stands for SIap (ready), Antar (take, transport), jaGA (stand by or guard).
Chevron partnered with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital to fund a molecular biology research laboratory. The lab provides genetic diagnostic tools that aid in the diagnosis, management and treatment of people with genetic abnormalities. Since the laboratory’s opening, more than 1,300 DNA extractions and amplifications have been conducted for private and public hospitals as well as for Nigerian courts. In July 2014, the laboratory helped detect the first case of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.
Implemented in a long-term partnership with Pact in Myanmar, the Sustainable Health Improvement and Empowerment (SHINE) program empowers communities to adopt behaviors to improve their health status and increases access to livelihood opportunities. The program has reached more than 1.2 million people across more than 1,470 villages in 13 townships to bring sustainable health solutions and improved livelihood opportunities. To date, SHINE has trained more than 10,700 community health volunteers to help ensure sustainable health improvements in communities. The Village Health Development Fund supports 812,000 people to improve access to health care and help finance village development programs.