Chevron Corporation is increasing its support to programs in Nigeria that prevent mother to child transmission of HIV, building on initial success in the heart of the Niger Delta. Chevron is committing an additional US$ 1.7 million to the PROMOT project, sponsored by the non-profit Pact, to extend the program throughout Bayelsa, the Nigerian state with the third highest HIV prevalence rate in the country, with the goal of increasing awareness and services that support pregnant women who are HIV positive. Chevron’s additional commitment raises its 5 year investment in the PROMOT project to US$ 5.3 million.
Chevron’s partnership with Pact began in 2012, and is part of a larger multi organisation, US$ 20 million United Nations millennium global commitment to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015. Since then, the partnership in Bayelsa state has achieved several important results, including reaching more than 6500 people with critical HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention information, testing more than 7000 women during prenatal care, and arranging for HIV counselling for nearly 700 people.
Rhonda Zygocki, executive VP, Policy and Planning, Chevron Corporation said, ‘Chevron is proud to expand our partnership with Pact to support impactful initiatives like PROMOT. This is a proven model that we’re motivated to expand as we work together to deliver real, measurable results in the effort to end mother to child transmission of HIV.’
John Whalen, president, Pact Institute said, ‘we are committed to working with local community based organisation to strengthen their collective capacity to provide critical health services to mothers. Capacity development is at the heart of our work because we believe that empowering communities to create and implement their own solutions is what makes development sustainable.’
Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.
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