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Chevron understands that success is tied to the health and prosperity of the communities in which we live and operate. Partnering with local leaders and health care professionals, we have helped launch programs and support efforts around the world that have enriched communities by expanding and improving access to quality care.
Since 2011, Chevron has partnered with the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), the largest academic health-based program in the world dedicated to improving maternal and child health, with a special focus on children living with HIV. BIPAI combines the strengths of TCH with its academic partner, Baylor College of Medicine.
As part of its mission, BIPAI has helped bring life-saving pediatric health care and specialized medical training to communities near Chevron’s operations in Africa and Latin America – two regions where Chevron has been exploring for and producing oil and gas for decades.
For each initiative, Chevron and BIPAI engage local and regional governments, nongovernmental organizations and other institutional partners to conduct health needs assessments in individual communities and then deploy specialized programs that are tailored to help fill the gaps identified.
Chevron has also supported TCH’s Global Health Corps program, which deploys physicians to underserved countries to provide immediate care to community members and to train local health professionals. Since 2012, Chevron’s support has funded the deployment of 34 doctors in five countries where the company has business interests.
During a recent visit to TCH in Houston, Clay Neff, president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company, received an update on the BIPAI and Global Health Corps programs, and how Chevron is supporting the work they are doing. Neff, his wife, Margaret, and other Chevron representatives toured the facility and saw the Chevron Bridge – a walkway linking two key buildings of the complex – which TCH dedicated to Chevron in 2015 for our support of its global health programs.
“Our long-standing partnership with BIPAI and TCH has helped enhance the health and well-being of thousands of people in communities near our operations over the last several years,” said Neff. “The results of our combined efforts reveal the importance of partnerships that are based on trust, respect, collaboration and, equally important, data.”
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Angola Sickle Cell Initiative (ASCI) doctors and staff participants at the Dispensário Materno Infantil hospital in Cabinda, Angola.
Chevron’s first program in partnership with BIPAI was the Angola Sickle Cell Initiative (ASCI), a public-private partnership with the Angolan Ministry of Health that delivers comprehensive screenings and treatment for infants and children with sickle cell disease at two project sites in Luanda and Cabinda. This program is the first of its kind in Angola. Since its establishment in 2011, the initiative has screened close to 276,000 newborns for the disease, with just over 6,800 being diagnosed with the disease. Those who are diagnosed are immediately provided the necessary care and placed into treatment programs. The program has also benefitted children of some Chevron employees in Cabinda.
A nurse draws a blood sample from a child's finger in an examination room at the Dispensário Materno Infantil.
The town of Añelo, Argentina, has seen a lot of change since Chevron, BIPAI, YPF (the national oil company and Chevron’s partner in the Loma Campana project) and the Neuquén Ministry of Health launched a three-year maternal-child health care program for Argentina in late 2016. Neuquén province, where Añelo is located, is experiencing significant population growth in response to Argentina’s shale boom, and its health care infrastructure and resources must expand and modernize to accommodate growth and address pre-natal care and infant morbidity and mortality.
Local officials and hospital staff accept Chevron and BIPAI’s donation of medical equipment for the new Añelo Public Hospital.
To meet those needs and continue supporting the health of mothers and children in the area, Chevron and BIPAI recently donated much-needed pediatric and technical medical equipment for the newly built Añelo Public Hospital, and continue to support medical training, housing and logistics for those who will serve local patients.
Site of the soon-to-be-opened Añelo Public Hospital.
Since the program in Argentina began, 170 doctors, nurses and medical staff have received training, and more than 2,000 women and children have been treated.
Health care providers at an Añelo health clinic who have benefitted from training and other support offered by the maternal-child health care program.
Our SAIL program in Colombia works in six satellite health facilities, focusing on the mother-child duo during the child’s first 1,000 days of life.
Chevron expanded its partnership with BIPAI in 2014 to enhance the quality of and access to health care in rural Colombia near its area of operations. This collaboration took the form of a five-year maternal and child health care program, SAIL (Salud y Autosuficiencia Indígena en La Guajira), aimed at reducing malnutrition and the high morbidity and mortality rates for children and mothers in the indigenous Wayúu population of La Guajira – one of the most impoverished provinces in the country.
The program works in six satellite health facilities, along with outreach interventions in coordination with the existing health system, focusing on the mother-child duo during the child’s first 1,000 days of life (from gestation to two years of age). Approximately 924 local health workers have been trained, particularly as related to malnourished children and high-risk expectant mothers.
A local health worker conducts outreach interventions in a community in La Guajira, Colombia.
Nearly 3,800 children and 2,117 pregnant women have been identified and treated by Global Health Corps obstetricians/gynecologists and pediatricians who are providing health care and building capacity in the program area. Twenty-three comprehensive health initiatives are also in place, varying from midwife training to family planning practices incorporating local customs. And in the municipality of Manaure, a Malnutrition Recovery Center was re-opened in early 2018 in coordination with the government.
SAIL has received positive national media and recognition since inception, including the 2016 Exito Foundation’s Colombian National Nutrition Award in recognition of the program’s efforts to address nutrition and positively impact health outcomes in the country.
A doctor from the Global Health Corps provides maternal-child health care in Monrovia, Liberia.
During our frontier exploration approach in Liberia, Chevron worked with BIPAI, the Ministry of Health, and other local authorities to establish a maternal-child health care program that brought doctors from the Global Health Corps into Monrovia. Over the course of the program, more than 1,800 children were seen, 1,000 obstetrician/gynecology cases were evaluated, and 230 local health professionals were trained. The program also established a post-graduate training program in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology for Liberian doctors at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia. As a sustainability effort, Texas Children’s Hospital is now developing a sickle cell treatment program for Liberia.
The maternal-child health care program established a post-graduate training program in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.
Professionals delivering pediatric emergency training in Morocco.
A 2013 socioeconomic assessment in Morocco helped shape a different type of program, one which included a training program for health professionals. Through BIPAI, Texas Children’s Hospital identified medical professionals in the U.S. who were equipped to provide local hospitals with support in more specialized health areas. With Chevron’s support, these specialists traveled to Morocco periodically over the course of four years to train local health professionals in the areas of pediatric emergencies, hematology and oncology.
Professionals delivering pediatric emergency training in Morocco.
Published: August 2018