World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December and provides a major opportunity for communities, organisations and individuals from the international community to tackle the issue of HIV/AIDS head on.
It’s a topic that has been front-of-mind at Anglo American for many years: Since 2002, we have provided free HIV testing and treatment to all employees.
And recently, the world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. As a supporting company, we are joining this call to help change the future forever.
To reach this goal, the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has set specific targets to achieve. Three of these specify that by 2020:
- 90% of the world’s population should know their status.
- 90% of people infected with HIV should receive antiretroviral treatment.
- 90% of those on treatment should show undetectable levels of the virus (viral suppression).
A key way to help reach these targets is education – and for Anglo American, we can make the most impact in the communities local to our operations.