UNAIDS and Indian business giant to link up for AIDS

02 August 2007

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UNAIDS and India’s largest private company, Reliance Industries Limited, are working to strengthen collaboration on AIDS issues with the aim of promoting greater access to HIV information, prevention and treatment services across India.

The idea for greater collaboration between the Indian industry giant and UNAIDS came during a recent meeting between Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL) Chairman and Executive Director, Mukesh Ambani and UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Michel Sidibe where they discussed the AIDS situation in India. Full scope of greater collaboration and a potential partnership is currently under development.

This is not the first time RIL has acted on AIDS issues  - the company received the UNAIDS Civil Society Awards 2006 in recognition of its outstanding commitment and support of the national AIDS response on the occasion of the World’s AIDS Day – December 1, 2006.  RIL received a high profile corporate award for business response to AIDS 2007 in recognition of its existing AIDS interventions within Indian industry.

UNAIDS has played a leading role in helping put in place the RIL AIDS workplace policy and in shaping their efforts in responding to AIDS in India. 

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