We work with local health officials and a variety of experts to educate communities on relevant health concerns, tackling such issues as polio, tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and proper hygiene.

Some of our HIV/AIDS initiatives include:

  • The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation has pledged $2.5 million over a three-year period to further develop community HIV/AIDS programs in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. We sponsor high-impact community-focused programs conducted across the continent with our strategic partners: the African Network for Children Orphaned or At Risk, the African Broadcast Media Partnership Against HIV/AIDS and Dance4Life.

    Established in 2006, "Dance4Life" attracts young people through the use of dance, music, youth icons and their own language, encouraging youths to learn more about HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Youths participate in school program (Schools4Life) and are inspired to become "Agents of Change" by making a real contribution toward the fight against HIV/AIDS. To date, we have invested $2.5 million in Dance4Life programs across Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    'Men as Partners' is a program we sponsor in Africa, which works with men to play a constructive role in promoting gender equity and health in their families and communities.
     
  • In China, we launched a program to distribute 100,000 sets of playing cards with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria prevention information to migrant workers in provinces where the incidence of disease is high.
     
  • In Haiti, The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided a $158,000 grant to Counterpart International, a local NGO, to implement a Youth AIDS Awareness Project in inner-city Port-au-Prince. The project is designed to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission among 15- to 24-year-olds, by creating 10 peer-led school awareness clubs and promoting HIV/AIDS prevention through life skills training and "edutainment" -- the intersection of education and entertainment. More than 50,000 youths will be reached by HIV/AIDS prevention activities and messages through this program.
  • Far to the south, amid the rolling hills of Swaziland, the Bhekinkhosi Clinic is a lifesaving point of care for 1,500 patients each month. Among other illnesses, the clinic treats people with HIV, which infects more adults in Swaziland than anywhere else in the world.