Reducing the spread of disease

We contribute to various global partnerships to offer our expertise to fight the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS. We are a member of the Global Business Coalition on Health (GBCHealth) and also develop local partnerships in the regions and countries where we operate.

We are currently implementing our HIV/AIDS programme in more than 60 countries around the world. We support initiatives to tackle HIV/AIDS at local, national and international level. We focus especially on highly affected areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and selected major construction projects.

Drawing on experience gained through our operations in sub-Saharan African countries, where HIV/AIDS is a major health concern, we have worked with UNAIDS to develop scenarios for ways in which the disease could spread in future. This work will help the UN and other bodies to identify the actions required to respond appropriately to different circumstances.

In Nigeria we are part of Niger Delta AIDS Response (NiDAR), while in South Africa, we have launched an initiative that brings mobile clinics into Shell service station forecourts. We are also working with a number of partners to help us implement our HIV/AIDS guidelines in lower prevalence areas, such as the Middle East.

Tackling malaria

In the Philippines, we participate in a long-term private-public partnership in malaria control called Movement Against Malaria (MAM). MAM is one of the flagship public-private health programmes in the country, aimed at eradicating malaria in the Philippines by 2020. By 2011, there was an 87% reduction in the total number of malaria cases and a 96% reduction in deaths compared with a 2003 baseline.

To date, long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed in 40 provinces. More than 10,000 health service providers have been trained and nearly two million diagnostic consultations have taken place.