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Oil firm commits more funds for HIV prevention

18 March 2014, 16:13

Bayelsa - Initiatives to curb mother-to-child HIV transmission have received a major boost after one of the prominent oil companies allocated more funds to its local support programmes.

Chevron Corporation committed an additional $1.7 million to the PROMOT Project- sponsored by the nonprofit Pact- to extend the program throughout Bayelsa, one of the local states with the highest HIV prevalence rates.

The United States-based firm’s additional commitment raises its five-year investment in the PROMOT Project to $5.3 million.

“Chevron is proud to expand our partnership with Pact to support impactful initiatives like PROMOT,” said Rhonda Zygocki, Executive Vice President: Policy and Planning for Chevron Corporation.

“This is a proven model that we're motivated to expand as we work together to deliver real, measurable results in the effort to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV.”

John Whalen, President of Pact Institute said his firm was committed to working with local community based organizations to strengthen their collective capacity to provide critical health services to mothers.

“Capacity development is at the heart of our work because we believe that empowering communities to create and implement their own solutions is what makes development sustainable,” he said.

Chevron's partnership with Pact began in 2012, and is part of a larger, multi-organization, $20 million United Nations millennium goal commitment to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015.

Since then, the partnership in Bayelsa State has achieved several important results, including reaching more than 6 500 people with critical HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention information, testing more than 7 000 women during prenatal care and arranging for HIV counseling for nearly 700 people.

- CAJ News

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