North Star Alliance sets up roadside wellness clinics for truck drivers. Established in 2006, it currently has more than 60 partners, including governments (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands), private companies (TNT) and non-governmental organizations (the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – GBC), all working together across different countries to reduce HIV/AIDS.
North Star’s vision: “a world in which mobility and dynamic workplaces do not fuel the spread of disease, sexual abuse and human trafficking”
North Star’s mission: to “provide transporters, sex workers and related communities sustainable access to basic healthcare and safety”
This large partnership is an excellent example of how a public-private alliance can tackle an important global health challenge. Partners include the Federation of East and South African Road Transport Associations (FESARTA), PharmAccess Foundation, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), UNAIDS and system developer ORTEC.