HIV/AIDS still carries a socio-economic stigma in DRC; legal protection for sufferers is still in its early stages. The government has not yet started to promote voluntary testing widely or prominently; ART availability is also limited.
Our assets Katanga and Mutanda offer testing to their workforces and their families.
They also support the DRC government’s national programme to tackle HIV/AIDS (referred to as “PNMLS”) by running a training programme for peer educators in local communities; this trained 32 educators in 2015. They also carry out awareness campaigns for local communities and high-risk groups, such as truck drivers.
In 2014 Katanga began collaborating with the nearby Mwangeji hospital to help local people living with HIV/AIDS, educating them in the importance of ART (provided by the hospital) and helping them to develop income-generating activities suited to their medical condition.