Heineken Africa Foundation: Demonstrating our commitment
World of Heineken 41 - winter 2009
Heineken has launched the Heineken Africa Foundation to support the improvement of health for people living in Sub-Saharan African
communities by financially supporting relevant health projects and health-related education. Currently Heineken has operations in the
following countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra
Leone, South Africa and Namibia.
Heineken offers employees and family members the benefits of a total healthcare package, including treatment of malaria and
tuberculosis, and testing for and treatment of HIV/Aids. The Heineken Africa Foundation aims to further extend support for improved
community healthcare by funding health-related projects and education. The Heineken Africa Foundation participates in projects in
smaller cities or villages where the health project can be integrated with the local brewery's operations.
One example of the activities funded by Heineken Africa Foundation is a project to purchase and distribute long-lasting insecticidal nets
to help control malaria infection by mosquitoes in Rwanda. The project will assist Rwanda in achieving its target to reduce the malaria
burden by increasing the availability of these bed nets. The agreement with the Rwandan government, financed by the Heineken Africa
Foundation, was signed with Utexrwa (Usine des Textiles du Rwanda), a local textile company which has the infrastructure and capacity
to produce the nets and which complies with World Health Organisation standards.
The Heineken Africa Foundation will support Utexrwa with investment in equipment for the impregnation of insecticides into the
netting material and will purchase the first 140,000 bed nets over a period of three years. Bralirwa, Heineken's operating company
in Rwanda, will assist the Rwandese Ministry of Health in distributing the nets through Bralirwa's logistics network. The nets will be
distributed through existing health centres in the vicinity of the Heineken breweries in Kigali and Rubavu, as well as through pre-natal and
vaccination family visits by health advisors.
For more information on the Heineken Africa Foundation, you can go to www.AfricaFoundation.Heineken.com or contact Katinka van
Cranenburgh at HAF@heineken.com
jean-Francois van Boxmeer (Ft) shakes hands with Director of the National Malaria Control Programme and representative of the Rwandan Ministry
of Health Corine Karema (L) after the signing of the contract