Neighbor Against AIDS (NAA)
NAA started 10 years ago with private sector - where SKF is one of them, joined forces with the publicly-owned companies (Para-statal) to implement HIV and AIDS workplace programme. The primary objective of the initiative is to mitigate the spread of the disease and offer support to those infected and affected.
During the first three years after its inception in 2002, the programme focused on HIV/AIDS awareness building among employees and their families. The activity scope gradually broadened to support local communities, through for instance, a feeding programme for forty families in the slums near the SKF office.
A medical camp was recently established at the Mukuru Promotion Centre, where 410 people from the slums turned up for treatment of general illnesses. More serious cases detected were immediately referred to the hospitals.
The Nairobi Women’s Hospital was also invited to conduct a breast cancer awareness day at the camp. Many voluntary doctors, nurses and pharmacists as well as various pharmaceutical companies donated both time and money, which has made the event successful and rewarding.
Other medical camps were also held by the NAA partners in other areas such as the Lunga Lunga Slums, reaching out to 1,000 local residents.
SKF Kenya is also a member of the Swedish Workplace HIV/Aids Programme (SWHAP).