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“There is a way to combat TB and HIV in the mining industry and the region at large,” says Dr Brian Brink, chief medical officer for Anglo American.

Fatigue is a major contributing factor to workplace incidents, particularly in activities involving transport.

During a roundtable event held by the Guardian newspaper (UK) and sponsored by Anglo American, a number of senior representatives from NGOs, industry associations and academic circles – including the Gates Foundation, ICMM and Open University – came together to discuss numerous topics under the topic of 'Making Health a Central Tenet of Sustainable Development’.

The Guardian (UK) newspaper's 'Friday Interview' on 4 November 2011 saw Richard Wachman speak to Anglo American's chief medical officer, Dr Brian Brink, discussing how combating AIDS is a financial as well as moral imperative.

In a country with the most HIV infections in the world and an adult prevalence rate of 17%, our thermal coal business in South Africa is waging a passionate campaign against the effects of a disease that has devastating impacts on society and the growth of a viable economy. In 2009 alone, an estimated 310,000 South Africans died as a result of the disease.

The Bhubezi Community Healthcare Centre – opened by Anglo American, Virgin Unite and the US government in 2007 – is making a real difference to the lives of people living in the impoverished Bushbuckridge area of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. Nearly 130,000 patients have visited the clinic, which sees an average of 250 people a day and it is currently providing more than 3,500 patients with ART in their fight against HIV/AIDS.

When Anglo American former Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll recently pledged $3 million of funding to help meet the significant healthcare challenges in developing economies, the world took note.

Fall of ground (FOG) events in our underground mines could prevent us from reaching our overall objective of zero harm.

The Ulysses Gogi Modise (UGM) clinic, built in 2007 by Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine and operated in partnership with South Africa’s Northern Cape Department of Health and the Gamagara local municipality, now provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS support to a community that had no such services before.

Despite an 80% reduction in transportation related fatalities since 2006, the movement of people, equipment and products on our mining sites remains one of our greatest risks.

HIV/AIDS is having a devastating impact on businesses in South Africa. One out of four South Africans of working age is HIV-positive. Anglo American, one of the world's largest diversified mining companies, recognized the toll HIV was taking on its employees and its business.

Anglo Platinum identified falls of ground management (FOGM) as a major strategic focus and has developed a system to integrate and refine existing efforts to eliminate this risk.

As part of the strategy to reduce risks, Anglo American’s metallurgical operations are trialling a SMART Cap to aid driver safety.

Kumba’s Sishen mine’s Gogi Modise Wellness clinic, at Kathu township in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, opened in December 2007 and is providing much-needed health care services to the community, employees and many local contractors.

Anglo American initiated a Tripartite Safety Summit held in April 2008 in Johannesburg between South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Anglo American, as well as other industry players and stakeholders.

Thermal Coal is part of a public-private partnership that has built a community health centre in the rural Bushbuckridge area of South Africa. The partnership includes the US government, Virgin Unite – Virgin group's charitable arm – and the Ndlovu medical centre.

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