THE REVENUE FROM DIAMONDS IS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC.
Diamonds play a significant role in helping to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa. Revenues from diamonds help to provide necessary counseling, testing, education, treatment programs, clinics and hospices, along with homes and care for children orphaned through this disease. Several diamond mining companies were among the first in southern Africa to provide free Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) to employees and their life partners as part of a comprehensive program outside of medical insurance coverage.
The Global Business Coalition (GBC) has recognized and awarded these efforts. The GBC's mission is to unite businesses in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In the last three years, it grown to over 200 companies worldwide.
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- Global Health Council
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- BHP Billiton http://sustainability.bhpbilliton.com/2006/health/caseStudies/hivAids/index.asp
- Jewelers for Children http://www.jewelersforchildren.org
- Debswana http://www.debswana.com/Debswana.Web/People/HIV+and+AIDS/