HIV / AIDS has affected many vulnerable communities in Africa and poses a significant threat to the social and economic prosperity of the continent. HIV infection and illness represents a crucial health challenge to a country with 0.7% of the world population, South Africa, is home to 20% of all HIV and AIDS in the world.

TheCoca-Cola Company believes that as one of the largest business systems in Africa, we can make a significant difference in helping to fight this pandemic in the communities we serve. Together with partners such as Africare, Hope Worldwide, USAID and others, we play an active role in HIV / AIDS prevention, and we support numerous HIV / AIDS-related programmes.

One important consequence of the HIV / AIDS pandemic is an increase in the number of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). We focus many of our programmes in South Africa on OVC and the communities who support them.

In 2001, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) was established as an African community institution in response to the growth and impact of the HIV pandemic. In 2002, the foundation and Africa-based Coca-Cola bottlers established an extensive employee health care programme for HIV / AIDS and related conditions in Africa. Today, the workplace programme is implemented in every country office within Africa and successfully provides comprehensive services to the more than 68 000 employees, their partners and dependents. These services combine education, awareness and treatment, including free condoms, confidential voluntary counselling and testing for all associates.