The Global Fund and Chevron Corporation commemorated a 12-year partnership, celebrating the contribution of the private sector to the fight against infectious diseases and to the building of a resilient health systems.
The Chevron Corporation partnered with the Global Fund programs since 2008 to fight against diseases like HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. And they invested a total amount of US$60 million in Indonesia, Angola Nigeria, South Africa, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Chevron’s partnership has enabled millions of people living with HIV gain access to lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, they also distributed more than one million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help families protect themselves from malaria. The Chevron Corporation also helped diagnose thousands of Tuberculosis cases. They helped promote education programs for the young, and helped build stronger health systems.
Chevron invested $5 million from October 2017 to December 2019 in Nigeria to support the national HIV and Tuberculosis programs. The investment was made to bolster the health system. They ensure sufficient health facilities reached the vulnerable and the internally displaced.
Dozie Ezechukwu, Executive Secretary of the country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund in Nigeria, highlighted that “With rising cases of COVID-19, the stakes are very high. Deaths from HIV, TB and malaria are likely to increase. Investments by partners like Chevron are fundamental in helping us safeguard the gains we have mad. ”
“We are grateful to Chevron for their continued support in the fight against epidemics in Nigeria, ” he added.
Investment under the public-private partnership model against Tuberculosis and HIV contributed to the following by 2019:
A number over a million people with HIV received antiretroviral therapy;
Antiretrovial therapy was given to over 42,000 HIV-positive pregnant women during pregnancy, to prevent passing the virus to their babies;
Tuberculosis screenings were done for over a million HIV-positive patients in HIV care or treatment settings;
Tests and results were given to over 7 million people for HIV;
Over 2.8 million women knew their HIV status during pregnancy.
Chevron supported two grants in Bayelsa, Delta, Ondo and Lagos States. They helped educate midwives to perform testing. They helped improve the quality of data and helped strengthen the capacity of various laboratories. They also helped to improved treatments of patients and the financial management capacity of the public. They also supported a state health insurance scheme, taking one of the crucial steps towards global health coverage.
Ibrahim Faria, Senior Fund Portfolio Manager of the Global Fund stated that “We can only succeed in our fight to end AIDS, TB and malaria by working in concert with private sector partners,”
“Private sector’s resources, innovation and know-how are invaluable to our efforts to build stronger health systems and fight infectious diseases. Chevron was our first Corporate Champion. We are hugely encouraged by its support for the Global Fund”, he added.
“. Our partnership with Global Fund over the last twelve years is an example of how Chevron is contributing strategically to the development of Nigeria by helping to improve the health of its people. The partnership has been significantly helpful in enhancing the Nigerian Government’s fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis” Jeff Ewing, Chairman and Managing Director of Chevron Nigeria Limited, highlighted.
Chevron Corporation has proven to be one of the world’s best Fund corporate partners. Chevron corporation has urged its workers to share their abilities with local initiatives in order to help promote grant reach and performance.