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AIDS/HIV

Between 2004 and 2009, an average of 540 cases has been registered every year except in 2005 when 921 cases were reported mainly due to outreach activities among prison inmates. Most of the positive cases detected among them were Injecting Drug Users. The monthly average of new cases from the year 2006 to 2009 was 45 as compared to 49 for January to October 2010.

Since October 1987, when the first case of AIDS was registered, the total number of HIV/AIDS cases, up to the end of October 2010, a total of 4,705 HIV/AIDS cases were registered of which 906, were females representing 19%; 451 Mauritians registered as HIV/AIDS cases were known to have passed away since 1987.

Since 1987, of all Mauritian HIV/AIDS cases, 74.6% of transmission was due to injecting drug. In the year 2000, only 2% of the new infected cases were among Injecting Drug Users (IDU). This mode of transmission increased to 7% in 2001, 14% in 2002, 66% in 2003, 87% in 2004 and 92% in 2005. Since then, it decreased to 86% in 2006, 80% in 2007 and 72% in 2008. It slightly increased to 73% in 2009. It was 74.3% in the period January to October 2010 and 62.8% in October 2010.

HIV/AIDS continues to devastate individuals, families, and communities at the local, national and global level. Every business and every community will be directly affected by this disease.

Business Communities

Now more than ever, businesses stand at the front lines to assist in the fight and decrease the prevalence and impact of HIV/AIDS on a global and national level. Direct and indirect impacts in the workplace, which include increased costs and overall threats to the foundation, can pose devastating effects to the employee and employer. By supporting comprehensive workplace and community education programs, companies can have a major impact on how HIV and AIDS is perceived and the treatment of people living with it.

Philanthropic efforts

When a corporate leader publicly supports a philanthropic cause, he or she often makes it easier for others within the company, industry, and community to do the same. As more people get involved, there are greater resources to be directed at a wide range of social problems. Today, many organizations through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program has had, and continues to financially support workplace and community programs that have, a positive impact on the HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, testing and treatment. Organizational efforts can and should be coupled with financial commitments to advance and address HIV prevention and awareness in the workplace and organizational willingness to think collaboratively, strategically, and innovatively about how to address HIV proactively to promote and ensure a healthy workforce and a vibrant community.

To prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, MFPWA:

  • Advocates for policies and programs that offer all people, including adolescents, information and services to prevent and treat HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Provides technical assistance to local organizations that offer sexual and reproductive health services and education to young people and women.
  • Develops educational and training materials that address HIV/AIDS and help people gain the skills and the information they need to protect themselves