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Today, millions of people across the world are unable to access medical treatment. In some communities where we work, access to healthcare may be limited or inadequate. For example, parts of Iraq have an acute shortage of doctors and other medical staff due to ongoing local conflicts and war. 

To help address these challenges, Shell runs various projects that provide access to adequate healthcare to communities, often in partnership with local non-governmental organisations or development bodies. We also have health facilities that are available to employees, contractors and, where possible, to local people.

In the Niger Delta, for example, the Obio Cottage Hospital in Port Harcourt has become one of the most visited health facilities in the region. It was set up by Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) in 2010 and offers a community health insurance scheme.

In Iraq, we partner with the AMAR International Charitable Foundation (Amar Icf), a charity that helps communities in the Middle East to rebuild their lives after conflict. Together, we train women from local communities to provide vital health services to thousands of people every month, supporting health education in schools as well as providing access to clean water.

Improving access to clean water

India’s growing population means many of its natural resources are being stretched. This includes water. There are supplies across parts of the country that are contaminated by sewage or agricultural run-off. This can lead to chronic diarrhea and gastroenteritis.

Now a community-run project in one village in Western India is helping to make a difference. It is supported by Shell’s Hazira joint venture, which operates a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and plant nearby.

Working with the community, Hazira LNG’s social performance team helped to install a reverse osmosis drinking water plant. Villagers pay in advance to fill their water bottles each day. Doctors report that visits from patients with water-related illnesses are now less frequent. More people are enjoying access to affordable, clean drinking water.

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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.

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