Hima Cement was one of the first companies to establish a community ART clinic to be run with the staff clinic. ART stands for Anti-Retroviral Therapy; care given to an HIV positive person i.e. support counselling, nutritional education, treatment for opportunistic infections and antiretroviral drugs etc. Over 500 community members are registered on the program.
The program provides;
- HIV/AIDS support counselling (pre and post counselling)
- CD4 laboratory analysis
- Treatment of opportunistic infections such as malaria, Respiratory tract diseases, Sexually transmitted diseases etc.
- Provision of Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs)
- Nutritional assessment and education
- Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV program
Hima Malaria Control Project
Hima set up this project to improve health and socio-economic status of Hima staff and the surrounding community. The purpose is to reduce illness, deaths, and socio-economic losses associated with malaria amongst Hima Cement Ltd staff, families and surrounding community through the use of Insecticide Treated Mosquito Bed Nets (ITNs).
Use of ITNs can reduce childhood mortality by as much as 63% and childhood malaria morbidity by up to 50%. Hima developed a partnership with the surrounding Organised Community Groups (OCGs) where we buy the mosquito nets for donation to needy institutions in the society (Community).
Over 50000 mosquito nets have been distributed to households in the 10km radius from the Hima Plant.