Globe and Mail Examines Mining Company's HIV/AIDS Management Program
August 8, 2006
Toronto's Globe and Mail on Saturday examined how the South African mining company Anglo American is tackling HIV/AIDS among its employees with a comprehensive HIV/AIDS management program, which the company announced in 2002 and some industry and public health experts consider "far and away the best in the world." Anglo's health service every month starts 150 of the company's 28,000 HIV-positive employees on antiretroviral treatment. Anglo's mine in Goedehoop, South Africa, has begun a "newly messianic drive" in which employees are tested for HIV at least once annually, and the mine's 2,000 employees receive information about the virus with every managerial interaction, the Globe and Mail reports. In 2005, 96% of Goedehoop mine's employees received an HIV test, compared with 5% of employees who received an HIV test in 2003, before the testing campaign began, according to the Globe and Mail. About 135 workers at the Goedehoop mine currently are receiving antiretrovirals. In addition, the mine management has enlisted commercial sex workers from surrounding communities to work as peer educators and has provided them with condoms. HIV/AIDS education staff members also are reaching out to traditional healers in the area.
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