The following objectives were set regarding regional health threats for 2006 in our Report to Society 2005, and we report on the corresponding progress below.
|Objectives 2006||Performance 2006|
|Minimise the risk of HIV/AIDS by ensuring that all AngloGold Ashanti operations susceptible to the risk of HIV/AIDS adhere to best practice.||Adherence to best practice was monitored during the course of the year to ensure that business units complied with guidelines. Workplace HIV/AIDS programmes at AngloGold Ashanti operations in South Africa compare favourably with the Technical Assistance Guidelines on HIV in the Workplace as supplied by the Department of Labour.|
|Reduce rate of new infections by increasing the focus on prevention initiatives, increasing VCT uptake to 40% of employees and increasing the ratio of peer educators to employees to 1:60.||In South Africa VCT attendance data for the year of 75% of the employee base was well in excess of target. The peer educator: employee ratio for the year was 1:59.|
|Efficiently manage those infected by HIV/AIDS by increasing the number of wellness clinic patients by 40% and the number of patients on ART by 40%.||In South Africa the number of wellness patients increased by 39% to 4,513 and the number of patients on ART by 57% to 1,467.|
|Consolidate the provision of supportive care to companys ill-health retired employees as well as to communities in which AngloGold Ashanti operates.||Palliative and home-based care is provided to ill-health retired employees in partnership with community-based organisations at the mining operations and the major labour-sending areas of southern Africa.|
|Implement integrated campaign at Obuasi in Ghana; the target is a 50% decrease in both the incidence of malaria and absenteeism.||Implementation of a malaria programme at Obuasi began in April 2006. There has been a decline of 50% in the incidence rate of malaria.|
|Implement integrated control campaign at Geita in Tanzania and at Siguiri in Guinea.||Programme to be implemented during the course of 2007.|