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Peruvian Business Council in response to HIV presented results and prospects of its 2011 Action Plan (Translation)

22 March 2011

 


With the presence of the Minister of Health and the Minister of Labor and Employment Promotion

- Actions and prevention activities reached 90 thousand workers.

- There have been more than 26.823 cases of AIDS from 1983 to September 2010, of which 71% occurred in the cities of Lima and Callao.

- Peruvian Business Council in response to HIV (CEVIH) makes management changes: Malena Morales Valentin hands over her position to new President Rafael Sotelo.

Lima, March 18, 2011. In response to HIV (CEVIH), the Peruvian Business Council (comprising 14 companies and led by Backus) has been promoting, within the corporate sector, the prevention of HIV in the workplace. They have also been coordinating efforts with the State, civil society and international cooperation, to improve relations, increase productivity and encourage the development of a better quality of life for infected employees based on tolerance and nondiscrimination.

To this end, during the CEVIH board change (which was attended by Health Minister Oscar Ugarte and Minister of Labor and Employment Promotion, Manuela Garcia), the current situation of HIV and AIDS in Peru was presented, based on data provided by the Ministry of Health as well as Action Plans for the year 2011 - 2012 to tackle HIV and AIDS.
During the ceremony, Mrs. Malena Morales Valentin, who had been the President of CEVIH since 2009, handed over that responsibility to Mr. Rafael Sotelo, who will be in charge of managing and running the institution starting this year.

Mrs. Malena Morales Valentin, Director of Sustainable Development and Corporate Affairs of Backus, said that in order to successfully combat HIV, it is very important to have the support of the private sector. "The positive results of this period were accomplished by working closely with private companies. We have been able to make 90 thousand workers and their families aware of HIV prevention," she stated.

Mr. Rafael Sotelo, new President of CEVIH, said that "Approximately 96% of the world population living with HIV is of working age. Furthermore, the increased prevalence of HIV / AIDS increases business costs, reduces productivity and decreases the overall demand for goods and services."

The Ministry of Health noted that there had been more than 26.823 cases of AIDS from 1983 to September 2010, 71% of which occurred in the cities of Lima and Callao. It is noteworthy that the Minsa is promoting multiple campaigns for the detection and treatment of people living with HIV nationwide.

On the other hand, the rights of people living with HIV were emphasized, and according to the Ministry of Labor and Social Promotion, workers who have dismissed on account of having this virus can seek compensation through legal action.

In 2011, CEVIH will be renewing its commitment to the Peruvian community through three objectives: promoting the adoption of internal policies and implementation of programs to prevent HIV within the workplace, encouraging the commitment of a greater number of firms, and coordinating efforts with other entities to promote the exchange of experiences and tools in order to join efforts in the national response to HIV.


About the CEVIHAS:

CEVIH, in line with the Development Goals for the Millennium and the principles of the Global Pact, was launched in 2009 in response to HIV and AIDS, with the support of private enterprises.

It currently has 14 members and 11 strategic partners. Some of the companies that make up CEVIH are: Cementos Lima, Universidad Alas Peruanas, San Fernando, Compania Minera Poderosa, Tecnofil, Empresa Minera Los Quenuales, OWITT Peru, Nestlé, The County Hotel, the National Society of Industries, the National Society of Mining, Oil and Energy, among others. Its strategic partners are: Confiep - Red Global Pact Peru, ILO, UNAIDS, USAID, among others.
Among the actions implemented by the companies comprising the CEVIH are:

- Updating of internal work regulations incorporating the policy of non discrimination against people living with HIV, and prevention programs, according to the rules set forth by Ministerial Resolution 376-2008, the Ministry of Labor.
- Training for workers, their spouses and family members through various media and virtual channels:
- Awareness and educational electronic newsletters.
- Delivery of educational booklets.
- Lectures and training workshops
- Promoting voluntary and confidential testing to rule out HIV.
- Raising awareness and information to suppliers through various media and virtual channels.

For further information contact:
Silvia Ortiz
Peruvian Business Council
in response to HIV
999 538 836
Carolina Ascenzo
Llorente y Cuenca
222 9491 (220)

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on www.sabmiller.com. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [18/03/2011].

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