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Sierra Rutile Limited joins with UNAIDS expanding health education and HIV treatment in Sierra Leone

Summary

In its post-conflict situation, Sierra Leone has recently developed a first strategic plan on HIV/AIDS for 2006–2010. The International Labour Organization supported cooperation of Sierra Rutile Limited, the Union and the National HIV/AIDS Secretariat targeted objectives beyond the company scope, such as a mining-sector policy and health services reaching out to communities. Major components of the programme are development of understanding about HIV among mine workers, health care staff and community leaders as well as the establishment of testing and treatment services in the company clinic including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Within the framework of a public-private-partnership, enterprises, in turn, contribute work hours for HIV activities, venues for training, communication and training materials as well as strengthening their health facilities or establishing partnerships for referrals to community-based services.

An HIV programme in the mining sector of Sierra Leone for example, started with a Memorandum of Understanding between the mining company Sierra Rutile Limited as employer,the United Mine Workers’ Union and the National HIV/AIDS Secretariat as the coordinating body of the HIV response in the country.