New Angola Sickle Cell Initiative Draws Energy and Medical Sector Partnership
HOUSTON, Texas, March 22, 2011 – Chevron Africa Latin America Exploration and Production Company has signed a Cooperation Protocol with the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children's Hospital and the Republic of Angola today in Luanda, Angola to establish the West African nation's first comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease program.
Chevron is supporting the Angola Sickle Cell Initiative with $4 million over 4 years. BIPAI, a joint program of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston, will provide the leadership, training and organization.
Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company President Ali Moshiri greets Angolan first lady Ana Paula dos Santos at the launch of a new sickle cell initiative.
"Chevron's support of the Angola Sickle Cell Disease Initiative provides a critical new dimension in our ongoing efforts to improve child and maternal health and help build healthy communities in the places where we operate," said Ali Moshiri, President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company. "Today's agreement demonstrates how Chevron continues to help meet the most immediate social needs of Angola."
Angola has one of the world's highest rates of the genetic blood condition Sickle Cell Disease with up to 10,000 babies born with the disease each year contributing greatly to the country's high death rate of children under five years of age. The United Nations reports that 220 of 1,000 children in Angola die before reaching the age of 5.
"Until now, we have not been able to focus on the Sickle Cell Disease crisis within our existing health care delivery system," said José Van-Dúnem, Angola's Minister of Health who attended today's signing ceremony which was witnessed by Angola's First Lady, Ana Paula dos Santos. "With the resources provided by this partnership with Chevron, Baylor and the Texas Children's Hospital, we will transform the lives of our children and families affected by Sickle Cell Disease. It is a significant step forward in addressing this critical need for the people of Angola."
"BIPAI has a strong record of working with local governments and private partners in tackling what sometimes seem like overwhelming medical needs in the countries of Africa," said Michael Mizwa, BIPAI's chief operating officer and senior vice president. "We believe that the Sickle Cell program in Angola will become a model for other programs across the continent."
BIPAI, known worldwide for its programs for children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS, will develop the pilot phase of the Angolan Sickle Cell Initiative with the goal of expansion to other areas in Africa.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
The Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital was established in 1996, and is the largest university-based program worldwide dedicated to improving the health and lives of HIV-infected children. BIPAI's Children's Clinical Centers of Excellence Network, which is staffed collaboratively by U.S. and local health professionals, is transforming pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the developing world. Approximately 80,000 HIV-infected children and families currently receive care and treatment at Baylor network facilities. For more information, visit www.bayloraids.org.
Published: March 2011