CORPORATE Social Investment Report
Aspen’s CSI programme is guided by the Group’s tenet of ‘Healthcare. We care’. The Group has aligned its CSI projects with its business focus and hence the CSI projects are concentrated primarily on the healthcare sector. In addition, as a leading international manufacturer of generic ARVs, Aspen’s CSI projects place particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS and primary healthcare. HIV/AIDS A number of institutions and non-profit organisations benefited from the Group’s commitment to HIV/AIDS projects during the year: Total Control of Epidemics, which aims to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic at grassroots level, provides doorto-door education in the Braam Fischerville area in Gauteng on prevention, care and treatment with significant focus on knowing one’s status. Aspen sponsored the Hope Centre in Durban, which provides training for home-based HIV/AIDS caregivers as well as on-site testing, counselling and treatment, for the second consecutive year. It also made an unconditional grant to SA HIV Clinicians for HIV/AIDS research and education. SA HIV Clinicians is an independent association of medical professionals devoted to the prevention and treatment of the disease.
The Group continued to support a number of institutions during the year, in line with the Integrated Community Home Care model established by the Department of Health and the Hospice Palliative Care Association.
The Group further continued to participate in the South African Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, which encourages corporates to implement best practice procedures with regards to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Aspen’s participation takes the form of ongoing annual financial assistance and dispensing of advice through an Aspen representative on the board of governors. Aspen provided financial assistance and information on cost-effective procurement of pharmaceuticals, particularly for the treatment of opportunistic infections in HIV/AIDS patients, to the Ikhwezi Lokusa Wellness Centre in East London. The centre is a non-profit organisation offering medical management and holistic healthcare to HIV positive individuals. Recently the centre started providing ARVs to the local community and now fully supports 300 patients in managing their ARV therapy. Primary healthcare Aspen opened the Wells Estate Wellness Centre in co-operation with the Nelson Mandela Metropole Municipality in November 2005. This formed part of Aspen’s efforts to enhance, and where necessary to establish, basic healthcare facilities for underprivileged communities. The medical clinic offers primary healthcare including psycho-social services and treatment for chronic diseases. Once accreditation is secured, the centre will serve as an HIV/AIDS clinic providing treatment, counselling, education, and the administration of ARVs. The centre is further equipped with a dental clinic. During the year Aspen continued to provide assistance to Engcobo Clinic in the Chris Hani Municipal District, Eastern Cape, in the form of financial contributions for repairs and maintenance. The clinic was established by Aspen 5 years ago. The clinic provides primary healthcare services to the Masonwabenathi community. Similar financial support was provided to the Emthonjeni Clinic in the informal Zandspruit settlement on the outskirts of Johannesburg, to purchase consumables including hypodermic needles and pregnancy tests. Healthcare The Group continued to support a number of institutions during the year, in line with the Integrated Community Home Care model established by the Department of Health and the Hospice Palliative Care Association. Aspen’s assistance took varied forms such as financial aid, advice on cost-effective procurement of pharmaceuticals, skills development and computer literacy programmes, youth leadership training, care for HIV/AIDS orphans and home-based care.
Aspen Annual Report 2006