Texas Children's Hospital honors Chevron's generous support of global health service programs
HOUSTON-(February 26, 2015) - Texas Children's Hospital announced today a recognition of Chevron Corporation's long-term support of the hospital's global health programs with the dedication of "The Chevron Bridge," a walkway linking two major buildings in the heart of the hospital. A formal event naming the corridor was held at the hospital with more than 100 people in attendance to share in the dedication.
Since 2011, Chevron has invested more than $16 million in Texas Children's Hospital programs in Africa and Latin America. That funding includes today's announcement of $5 million to support the Angola Sickle Cell Initiative over the next five years. Chevron funding also supports critically-needed health through training local physicians, nurses and other health professionals.
"We value the opportunity to support remarkable doctors who provide critical day- to-day pediatric and maternal health care while training in-country care givers to help build a legacy of greater health expertise," said Ali Moshiri, president, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company.
In 2011, Chevron, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine and the Angolan Ministry of Health partnered to establish the Angola Sickle Cell Initiative, the first program of its kind in the country. Angola has one of the world's highest rates of the genetic blood disease. More than 10,000 babies are born with sickle cell each year.
"For these babies, Chevron's support is the difference between life and death," said Dr. Mark Kline, physician-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital, chair of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and founder of the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital. "Without the sickle cell program, they would have been sick at an early age and very likely would have died before reaching age of five."
The program, led by Texas Children's Cancer Hematology Centers, tests newborn babies, provides treatment, patient and family consultation, and helps train Angolan health care professionals. Through the program more than 96,000 babies have been tested for sickle cell, and the program has trained more than 500 Angolan nurses, lab technicians, and social workers.
The company's funding also has helped expand Texas Children's Global Health Corps which recruits and trains American-trained pediatricians and family doctors for long-term assignments in Africa in pursuit of a two-part mission: (1) expanding access to lifesaving care and treatment for some of the world's poorest and least fortunate children, and (2) training local health professionals to build capacity for pediatric health care that currently does not exist.
Chevron's contributions helped support the Global Health Corps assignments in Liberia and new programs are being evaluated for Morocco and Argentina.
In 2014, Chevron, Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine also partnered to create a health program in a remote region of Colombia. The program called SAIL (in Spanish: Salud y Autosuficiencia Ind_gena en La Guajira) focuses on caring for children under age five and expectant mothers with the goal of reversing the high child and maternal morbidity and mortality rate. Chevron's funding supports doctors who treat families in the Way_u indigenous community of the Riohacha and Manaure Municipality in La Guajira state where hospitals and clinics are difficult to reach and food security is an issue.
"We are grateful for Chevron's continued support, which has helped enormously in our programs to fight devastating diseases and improve child and maternal healthcare," said Kline. "The relationship has evolved and I imagine it will evolve further. What is exciting to me is that our partnership represents several different projects on two continents serving thousands of children and families in need. I look forward to where we will be working together next."
Watch a video about the Angola Sickle Cell Initiative
About Chevron Corporation
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
About Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.