South Africa: Women's Rights a Key Factor in Fighting HIV/AIDS
July 18, 2008
Anglo Platinum, a subsidiary of the mining giant Anglo American, is sponsoring a three-year initiative that promotes women's rights in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
The HIV/AIDS infection rate for young women in developing countries is four to five times higher than for men because of women's physical vulnerability, inadequate health services and because they typically have little control over their reproductive lives.
Last year, the World Health Organization selected the initiative as one of its 12 global case studies that have been proven to work and can be replicated in other countries.
Other company initiatives being considered include providing antiretroviral treatment for dependants of all South African employees who are not covered by health insurance and using public-private partnerships to overcome the challenge of HIV/AIDS.
Business Day (South Africa)
07.16.2008; David Jackson
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.