Unocal funds medical, housing programs in Azerbaijan
Sugar Land, Texas, Nov. 12, 1997 -- Unocal Corporation today said it was committing nearly US$1 million to various United Nations and international non-government organizations to support humanitarian programs that will improve medical care and housing in Azerbaijan.
"Support for humanitarian programs sponsored by the United Nations and other non-government organizations in Azerbaijan is very important to Unocal," said John F. Imle, Jr., Unocal president. "As a company, we are committed to improving the lives of people wherever we do business. Our support of these much-needed health care and housing programs is tangible evidence of our long-term commitment to this country."
Unocal has committed $260,000 to help revitalize primary health care services in Jalilabad district of southern Azerbaijan. UNICEF and the Ministry of Health have already begun pilot programs in two districts of the country, and the Unocal contribution will expand that effort.
The goal of the program is to strengthen sustainable primary health care services in selected areas of the country. Unocal's contribution will fund essential drugs, medical equipment, health education and training for health professionals to improve skills.
A second program to receive Unocal funding is the ongoing refurbishment of a tuberculosis clinic in Baku. Unocal has committed $200,000 to refurbishing an additional wing of the clinic to expand care for the increasing number of tuberculosis cases.
The goal of this program is to control the spread of tuberculosis by improving access to specialized services, improving treatment standards and providing anti-tuberculosis immunization, particularly for children.
In another medical program, Unocal will also provide a $20,000 grant to Belgium-based "Medecins sans Frontiers" (Doctors without Borders) that will provide hygiene instruction to refugee children to prevent further spread of scabies.
The fourth program to be funded by Unocal supports the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in assisting the more than 40,000 displaced people in the southern districts of Azerbaijan.
Unocal's $430,000 grant will provide funding to reconstruct approximately 120 war-damaged houses and to provide vocational training for returning refugees in the Fizuli and Agdam districts.
"Unocal has worked with several non-government organizations since 1993 to address humanitarian needs in Azerbaijan," Imle said. "These latest grants are part of our ongoing effort to help meet the critical needs of the people of this country."
Imle noted that the in past the company has worked with the UNHCR in providing winter tents to shelter displaced persons and funded flood damage repair efforts.
Unocal Corporation is one of the world's leading energy resource and project development companies, with petroleum reserves of more than 9.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (1.6 billion barrels of oil equivalent) and major oil and gas production activities in Asia and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The company is also active in energy resource development activities in Azerbaijan and Bangladesh and is developing gas-marketing solutions for Turkmenistan. The company maintains twin headquarters in California and Malaysia, with major offices in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and Sugar Land, Texas.
Updated: November 1997