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North Star Alliance unites transport industry on the road to health

Summary

North Star Alliance is a public-private partnership that is establishing a network of roadside health clinics at major truck stops and border crossings in Africa, India and Asia. Wellness Centres offer a practical, low-barrier and low-cost response to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) among the transport industry.

North Star Alliance (North Star) offers a full range of services related to the establishment and running of roadside clinics in transport hubs and/or border crossing transport stops. Working with local implementing partners we can source, outfit, supply and staff new centres. North Star has experience working with national/regional transport sectors and health authorities to identify HIV/AIDS hotspots along major transport corridors. Furthermore, North Star leverages a broader private sector response to HIV/AIDS programming by encouraging other private sector companies (e.g. FMCG, transport, distribution and courier companies) to support the project (financial and in-kind).

The centres provide sexual health education, counseling, testing and treatment for drivers and the communities with which they directly interact, including sex workers.

North Star was founded in 2006 by the international post and parcel delivery company TNT, with support from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

The foundation is officially supported by the joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and ORTEC.