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NAMIBIA: Business can do better on AIDS - expert

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JOHANNESBURG, 27 July (PLUSNEWS) - Namibian businesses have the power to address HIV/AIDS in the workplace, according to Brian Brink, vice-president of the international mining giant, Anglo American.

Brink, who is also a board member of the Private Sector Delegation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, noted that the excuse of cost-to-company was wearing thin, as donor funds for workplace interventions were now more easily available.

The local Namibian newspaper quoted him as saying, "The target for private-sector businesses should be that 100 percent of their workforce know their HIV status. There is no excuse for us to be sitting with this burden of disease. Namibia has a manageable population of only 1.8 million and can stop AIDS."

Namibia has an adult AIDS prevalence rate of 21.3 percent.



Recent NAMIBIA Reports
Youth having sex earlier, but with fewer partners,  30/May/06
Curbing HIV/AIDS along a transport corridor,  30/May/06
Vulnerable children receive food and an allowance,  22/May/06
AIDS envoy Lewis hails progress, but underlines lack of capacity,  13/Apr/06
HIV/AIDS brings change in Himba communities ,  11/Apr/06
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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