Africare News In Brief

 

Coca-Cola Donates $1.5 Million (R12 Million)
in HIV and Aids Funding to Africare

 


 

June 1, 2012

Johannesburg,-- Coca-Cola South Africa is adding impetus to the fight against HIV/Aids by making a $1.5 million (R12 million) donation to Africare, an HIV/ AIDS non-governmental organisation operating in the Eastern Cape.

“Our contribution is meant to go well beyond simply providing funds,” said Therese Gearhart, president of Coca-Cola South Africa. “We will be working alongside Africare, a partner of the South African government, in its programmes around prevention, care, treatment and support services. This collaboration will help drive the delivery of HIV/AIDS community-based care and support services, particularly benefiting orphans and vulnerable children.
Funded through The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the donation will be paid out over a three-year period and will help facilitate government’s efforts to reach more than 300,000 people in the Emalahleni and Intsika Yethu subdistricts of Chris Hani District in the Eastern Cape Province with HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes.


“This donation is consistent with Coca-Cola’s Live for a Difference sustainability platform which, among other things, includes a commitment to building healthy and sustainable communities. We hope that this support will allow the government to increase services to the almost 60,000 people living with HIV in the targeted area, 2,000 of whom will receive combination antiretroviral therapy,” said Dr. Gregory Jagwer, Africare Director. Africare was chosen as a partner for this project, due their ability to involve the broader community in projects of this nature. Local healthcare workers and community-based workers will be trained and mentored in palliative care and integrated management of childhood illness. In this way, care will be provided for all sick children irrespective of their HIV status. The Africare approach has proven very successful in community-based behavior change and capacity building– not only for people living with HIV and AIDS, but also for their families and the broader community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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