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Caltex launches HIV/AIDS national awareness campaign

Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, marketers of Caltex branded Lubricants in Sri Lanka, has launched a major awareness campaign to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.

In order to address the rapid spread of the fatal HIV/AIDS virus in the country, Caltex has identified the highly vulnerable groups of people where the prevalence and spreading of the infection is found to be high, according to a company statement.

Recent research statistics indicate that an increasing number of HIV/AIDs carriers are individuals who are away from home and also, who find employment in Colombo and other major industrial zones that are highly populated. These individuals are mostly employed for blue collar jobs.

Under the initial phase of its campaign, Caltex launched a highly-interactive awareness building training series for its own island-wide network of service station staff and other distribution channels and customers. The company says it plans to cover the entire country within a period of one year educating the most vulnerable age groups in society on this dreaded disease.

The training is designed to equip individuals with adequate awareness about the alarming statistics, risk factors, its irreversible effects, the social dilemma, and other vital aspects related to the disease.
“As a corporate entity engaged in several community development projects in the country, Caltex is proud to play a dedicated role in awareness creation in Sri Lanka” commented.Kishu Gomes, Managing Director/CEO of Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC.

“I strongly believe that through proper awareness amongst the most vulnerable groups we can make a substantial contribution by positively influencing the behaviours of those who carry a high risk of contracting the virus” he continued.

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