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Saturday Tribune (Nigeria): World HIV/AIDS Day: Shell Pledges Commitment

Martin Ayankola, Lagos – 01.12.2007

As Nigeria joins the global community in celebrating AIDS Day today, Shell Companies in Nigeria have restated their commitment to helping to contain the effect of the disease by raising awareness on its causes and management.

Celebrations marking the World HIV/AIDS Day is being held amid reports that the disease had so far claimed more than 25 million lives around the world in the last three decades.

The Executive Vice-President, Shell Africa, Ann Pickard, said, “Shell needs no prompting as it takes the issue of HIV/AIDS seriously.

“AIDS affects our employees, contractors, customers and the entire business environment.

“It threatens our ability to deliver the Shell business strategy. “According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) some 2.5 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2007, and 2.1 million died due to AIDS-related illnesses (including 1.7 million adults and 330,000 children).

http://www.tribune.com.ng/01122007/news/news14.html

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