Sharing Wider Responsibility
HIV AIDS - Care and Prevention
AIDS is a major concern worldwide. It is forth killer of human beings. It has spread far and wide across nations, caste, creed, sea and racial boundaries. The UN AIDS estimates 5.3 million sero positive people housed in India alone in 2004. The growing number of sero positive people in the productive age group affects the economy in the long run.. BPCL too encountered presence of sero positive employees. However the comprehensive health policy of the company protects the employees and their family. Considering the significance of interventions in this area, the Social Welfare dept. initiated plant talks on ‘Family Life Education’ and ‘Health and Well being’. Various awareness programs were conducted in the refinery on HIV/AIDS.
Avert Society, a triplicate body of USAID, NACO and Government of Maharashtra, noticed the efforts of BPCL. The Avert Society invited BPCL for long-term partnership for an AIDS Intervention Project in the refinery, and the adjacent community. The project identifies three major areas of intervention, viz. workplace intervention (including around 30000 workers), Mahul and 25 villages from Karjat. The activities under this project include one to one intervention at village level, counseling at workplace, behaviour change communication, street plays and folk media to spread awareness about the same.