New Mother and Child Health Program for Añelo
HOUSTON – Oct. 14, 2016 – Chevron, the YPF Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Health Ministry of Neuquén province of are pleased to announce a new program to support maternal-child health care, focusing on the public health center in the town of Añelo.
Neuquén’s public health system is nationally recognized for its high quality and efficiency. The public-private partnership proposed in this program seeks to create mutual collaboration, with the support of various institutions in the Neuquén health system, including Castro Rendón Hospital, Añelo Health Center, Sanitary Zone V, Health Under-Secretariat, Health Ministry and the Municipal Government of Añelo
At Texas Children’s Hospital, we have a long history of public-private partnerships. We are very excited about starting up a new project in Latin America, and about working together with the Neuquén health system to improve health and welfare conditions for children and their families,” said Michael Mizwa, chief operating officer of BIPAI.
The program is funded by Chevron over a three-year period and will leverage additional contributions from the YPF Foundation and YPF to support housing and logistics for physicians and for further development of the program. The initiative also creates a non-government organization for BIPAI in Argentina, which will employ Argentinian physicians to reinforce the program, create alternatives for training, and facilitate professional exchanges among health care specialists in the province.
“We believe this joint maternal-child health program could be very important to improve the quality of life for families in Añelo. Health is one of the main pillars in the sustainable development plan we have been working on with the municipal and provincial government for the city,” said Silvina Oberti, YPF Foundation executive director.
The signing ceremony was attended by Neuquén Health Minister, Ricardo Corradi Diez; Neuquén Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Alejandro Nicola; Mayor of Añelo, Darío Díaz; Chief Operating Officer, BIPAI, Michael Mizwa; Chevron Argentina General Manager, Chris Stevens; YPF Foundation Director, Silvina Oberti; and other dignitaries.
“This agreement will allow for the improvement and extension of maternal and child health care in a zone where we are expecting a high family migration,” explained Corradi Diez.
This initiative will be implemented mainly in Añelo, the closest municipality to the Loma Campana development area, currently the second largest oil field in Argentina and the largest unconventional oil field in the world outside of the United States.
“For Chevron, community support, particularly involving health care, is one of the values behind everything we do. We are delighted to be part of this project and to help benefit the community of Añelo,” said Stevens.
About Chevron Argentina
Chevron explores and produces oil and gas in the Neuquén and Río Negro oilfields in Argentina, through its subsidiary Chevron Argentina SRL. Chevron affiliates also take part in the exploration and production of unconventional oil and gas in Loma Campana and Narambuena operated by YPF. Chevron supports the community with its social investment programs which focus on promoting education, health and economic development.
YPF is the main energy company in Argentina, with a 43% share of oil and gas production in the local market and a 56% share in the gasoline market. YPF is a leader in unconventional resource production and an overall energy company involved in the creation of an array of products: fuels, petrochemical supplies, lube oils and agricultural products, among others. It has over 1,500 gas stations supplying the entire country.
About the YPF Foundation
The strategic aim of the YPF Foundation is Educating for Energy. It drives energy and environment learning at different educational levels and promotes sustainable development in the communities where the company has a presence.
Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) is an international pediatric initiative against AIDS created by the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in 1996. It is currently an international organization seeking to provide high quality pediatric assistance focusing on families. Among the topics it develops are: clinical research and treatment for tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition and other diseases affecting the health and welfare of children and their families all over the world. It has become the largest university program devoted to pediatric and family AIDS treatment, professional health training and clinical research. BIPAI has built the largest centers for the care of HIV-infected children and families in the world and currently runs a global network involving 8 Centers of Excellence.
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.