This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Chevron Sponsors SME Wellness Training

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) has spent $30 million in donation to existing Global Fund grants to recipients in Nigeria and five other countries to support health care programmes aimed at fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The money is spread among Indonesia, Thailand, Angola, the Phillipines and Nigeria, according to Mr. Deji Haastrup, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs of the oil major.

He spoke at the launch of the second phase of CNL/NACA SME Wellness Training project in Abuja.

The programme, aimed at bridging health care delivery gaps nationally and globally, he said, involves 20 SMEs in the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa and Kogi States.

According to him, this was a follow-up to the first phase of mentoring 10 SMEs in Lagos and its environs in December 2009.

"We are partnering the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) to mentor selected small and medium scale entrepreneurs to further complement the national efforts in the response to HIV pandemic," Haastrup explained.

He expressed delight that Chevron's effort, which showcased an excellent public-private partnership model, had won several awards and recognition, including the Global Business Coalition (GBC Health) and Health Initiative Award of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in Perth, Australia.

"Through strategic partnerships, Chevron deploys assets and resources to promote the health and well-being of the communities where we operate," said Haastrup.

"In July, 2012, we launched new partnerships in Nigeria with Pact, mother2mothers and Business Leadership Council to aggressively combat crisis-level mother-to-child transmission of HIV."

Director-General of NACA, Prof. John Idoko, said: "Our partnership with Chevron has led to the successes we are recording in the mentoring of selected small and medium scale entrepreneurs to further drive government's responsiveness to HIV/AIDS in Nigeria."

Represented by Dr. Emmanuel Alhassan, Idoko stated that as one of the beneficiaries of the Chevron Global Fund for the fight against AIDS, Nigeria had set in motion actions to combat the disease.

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