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SHELL's HIV / AIDS ENGAGEMENT
Internationally renowned experts on Wellness, Dr. Neil Orr and Mr. David Patient (one of the longest known persons living with HIV and specialist on Corporate Wellness & Positive Living), spoke at the event citing practical examples from their experiences and research. Other speakers included Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, Chairman National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA).
Organised in collaboration with NACA and the Nigeria Business Coalition Against AIDS (NIBUCAA), the Corporate Nigeria Event was an interactive engagement between the guest speakers and participants and was focussed on how to manage the impact of HIV / AIDS in the work place. The resource persons shared how integrating wellness into the work place has been incorporated into Health Plans by large businesses elsewhere in the world.
Mr. Chima Ibeneche, Managing Director of SNEPCo, said of the event: “the engagement session is intended to provide an opportunity for Nigerian business decision makers to hear about the Wellness Approach to Managing HIV/AIDS in particular, and Health in general, as well as the positive impact it can make on the bottom line”.
Ibeneche noted that people are a company’s most important assets and for Shell, an integral part of its social investment programme. He pointed out that SNEPCo put together the event, as part of its corporate social responsibility towards people development and its contribution to the fight against HIV / AIDS in Nigeria.
Shell’s social investment programme which dates back to the 1960s, has involved interventions in the key areas of education and vocational training, healthcare, agriculture, micro business, infrastructure development and capacity building among others.