Authors: Ninah Bakojja
Abstract: This paper proposes adopting private company social responsibility activities (CSR) as an alternative to enable improved medical access including HIV treatment, care and prevention services in Uganda. The European Commission  defines CSR as ‘a concept where companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their collaboration with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis.’ While there is evidence of the private sector involvement in initiatives of treatment, care and prevention of HIV and AIDS in Uganda, these are not widely recognized by government to address the problems of medical access. It is important to note HIV/AIDS is a lifelong disease and therefore when a person starts treatment, they require to be treated until HIV culminates in AIDS, or die due to opportunistic diseases . Therefore there is a need for continuous investment and presence of the private sector in initiatives that support access to treatment and care for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA). Methodology: Using secondary data analysis, and face to face interviews, this paper studies the CSR activities of five companies (Diageo, SABMiller, Uganda Baati, Coca Cola and Mabale Tea Limited) and how these have supported improved access to treatment for the members of their community, both directly and indirectly. This is the foundation for which this paper proposes integrating CSR into government initiatives for the above cause.
Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, HIV and AIDS, Businesses formatting