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Clean water for farmers

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Nile Breweries have expanded their CSI water programme to sorghum and barley farmers to provide them with access to clean water.

Each year during the three year project, worth $120,000, the company will provide four boreholes to selected sorghum and barley farming communities in different Ugandan districts that grow the two crops.

Nile Breweries handed over the first four boreholes drilled during 2009 to the benefiting communities on November 11th 2009 at Ocapa, Soroti District, eastern Uganda, in a ceremony presided over by the Minister of State for Water, Jennifer Namuyangu.

A holistic approach to tackling HIV

St Francis Health Care Services building

In Uganda, Nile Breweries works with small and medium-sized enterprises, farmers, truck drivers and even the bartenders who sell its products. The programme includes awareness and prevention education, VCT and the provision of antiretroviral therapy as needed. In expanding from the workplace into the community, Nile Breweries has ensured that the farmers many of whom are females are trained as peer educators to be able to work within their own groups and they were given bicycles to enable them to travel more easily.

To date, 320 peer educators have been trained to promote HIV/AIDS awareness within sorghum farming communities, reaching over 4,000 farmers. Training was provided in home-based care for those community members who had sick relatives and children orphaned by HIV and AIDS were provided with bedding, school books and psychosocial support.

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Engaging with policy makers

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We have continued our efforts to engage with governments, business leaders, NGOs and experts on HIV/AIDs issues.

In May 2009 we co-hosted a roundtable discussion on HIV/Aids, with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda to the UN in Geneva.

This round table was the eighth in a series of similar stakeholder conversations arranged by SABMiller over the course of the past three years. These events allow for a productive sharing of ideas and a frank exchange of views, and provide SABMiller with a valuable opportunity to hear stakeholder opinions about an issue of core interest to SABMiller’s business and to respond.

The event was attended by representatives from Business Action for Africa, UNAIDS, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the WHO. Such discussions give us valuable insight for formulating future plans.

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