South African companies fighting AIDS

In South Africa, where it is estimated more than one in nine people have HIV/AIDS, and where the government is being criticized for reacting slowly to the epidemic, corporations are picking up the slack in terms of education. Just one recent example: a new board game created by Volkswagen of South Africa in which children age 11-13 learn about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and pregnancy. “The game is very similar to Trivial Pursuit … but pertinent to that age group, without being pornographic,” says the head of health services at VWSA. Five schools are taking part in the pilot program in the town of Uitenhage, where VWSA is based. VWSA also offers free HIV testing to its employees and their families. Other companies, including De Beers, are running similar programs.

—Posted by Tim Nudd