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06/29/2012

NEWS

HEINEKEN Providing Healthcare for its Workforce

Heineken provides healthcare for its workforce in six countries in Africa. Its work in these countries has earned international recognition, resulting in two of its breweries being appointed to the Country Coordinating Mechanisms for the Global Fund.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Heineken's local brewery, Bralima, took unprecedented action to fight the AIDS epidemic, becoming a model for other companies operating in the region. These efforts include:

  • Providing free anti-retroviral drugs to all employees and their family members for life – resulting in a positive impact on preventing mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and on HIV transmission rates. 
  • Building the Monkole Hospital, the only medical facility in the region.

Heineken’s brewery in the Burundi village of Bugendana has improved healthcare needs in the region by:

  • Building a Community Health Centre in the village with the support of Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Health.
  • Providing health care and education to the community and  employing local staff to manage the facility.
  • Supporting the health center by providing medicines and other medical supplies.

In May, HEINEKEN was awarded the 2012 GBCHealth Business Leadership Award. The most prestigious GBCHealth award, it is given annually to a business leader or company that has demonstrated an enduring commitment to and excellence in the effort to create a healthier world.