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Companies’ clinics as partners of UNAIDS in rolling out HIV treatment

Summary

Companies now provide treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and antiretroviral therapy to keep HIV-infected staff and community members healthy, to promote confidence and to dry out the swamp of stigma and discrimination.

In certain circumstances, the private sector is supplementing limited public capacities in health care provision with their own clinics. This is especially the case in remote areas and among industries operating in isolated sites such as mining or agrobusiness. Here, companies benefit from a clear partnership with government giving them access to free antiretroviral drugs and other medical products.

Many of them such as the tea growing branch of the multinational company Unilever in Tanzania and Kenya or the cement producing daughter company of Lafarge, Hima Cement in Uganda are part of country proposals to the Global Fund and have been accredited as care and treatment centres by their respective Ministries of Health making them part of the national treatment policy.