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:
Coca-ColaAfrica 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-ColaFoundation 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.