chevron recognized for global health leadership
July 8, 2015 – Chevron received a Corporate Global Health Leadership Award from Pangaea Global AIDS during a dinner to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant strides in saving lives and preventing new HIV infections around the world. Dr. Huma Abbasi, general manager of Chevron's Global Health and Medical, accepted the award in recognition of the company's long-term commitment to AIDS.
Dr. Huma Abbasi speaks at the City Center Rotunda in Oakland, California about Chevron’s journey to fight HIV/AIDS.
Speaking at the dinner, which took place at the City Center Rotunda in Oakland, California, Dr. Abbasi expressed appreciation to Ambassador Eric Goosby, the former United States Global AIDS Coordinator, and Pangaea for the award and said, "It's thanks to the support of dedicated partners like you that Chevron has been able to make such strides in the fight against AIDS."
Dr. Abbasi added, "One day, we'll defeat AIDS—in our workplace, in our homes, our communities and our nations. But we'll only do it by working together."
Chevron was recognized for a "long heritage of global AIDS leadership" in two areas: AIDS Leadership in the Workplace and AIDS Leadership Supporting Healthy Communities.
At the heart of Chevron's leadership in combating AIDS is a groundbreaking HIV workplace program, which has established a culture that encourages HIV testing and treatment, fights stigma and provides comprehensive medical care for employees and their dependents. Through Chevron's voluntary internal prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs in Angola and Nigeria, Chevron has received no reports of mother-to-child transmission of HIV among its employees or qualified dependents since 2005 in Angola and since 2001 in Nigeria.
Chevron's leadership in workplace health was also recognized by the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces, which named Chevron a runner-up for the 2015 Global Healthy Workplace Awards. Acknowledging Chevron among the world's healthiest workplaces—as defined by the World Health Organization—further underscores the company's commitment to preventing and treating HIV/AIDS in the workplace.
Chevron has fought to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of HIV/AIDS since 1986. As AIDS continued to threaten populations around the world, Chevron extended its efforts beyond the workplace and into local communities and host nations. "As a company, we depend on healthy communities, so we dedicate our capabilities, resources and people to support initiatives that build local capacity and deliver lasting gains in the fight against devastating diseases—particularly HIV/AIDS," said Steve Woodhead, manager of Chevron's Global Social Investment.
Chevron's Global Health Social Investment Initiative in Nigeria is improving services preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children by developing capacity within state ministries of health, and increasing HIV awareness and testing in partnership with Pact, Born Free Africa (BFA) and the Ministry of Health.
- Through Chevron's partnership with Pact, 45,000 pregnant women have taken HIV tests, and received results and counselling at health facilities.
- Chevron's partnership with BFA in Nigeria has contributed to 670 health clinics providing services preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children across Nasarawa, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Chevron also is a partner with The Global Fund, 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 saving 9.6 million lives.
Updated: July 2015