John Keells HIV & AIDS Awareness Campaign
HIV awareness session at Police Training School Elpitiya
General Ajith Kariyakarawana, Commander of the 61st Division of Mannar
Combating the spread of HIV & AIDS to ensure that its status in Sri Lanka remains ‘low prevalent’. The John Keells HIV & AIDS Awareness Campaign focuses on prevention through education and access to correct information. While education of employees, communities associated with the Group as well as the general public is undertaken to create awareness and prevent the spread of HIV & AIDS, discrimination and stigma associated with HIV & AIDS is also addressed through this programme.
A wide scope targeting employees of the John Keells Group, the communities around its business locations, other corporate entities, most at-risk persons (MARPs) and the general public.
- As at 30th June 2015, the cumulative total of persons educated under the Campaign since its launch in 2005 is 80,368 persons across Sri Lanka - the highest number of persons educated on HIV and AIDS by a private entity in Sri Lanka.
- JKH was the principal Sri Lankan corporate sponsor of the 8th ICAAP (International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific) held in Colombo in August 2007.
- In 2010 John Keells Group became the first private sector conglomerate in Sri Lanka to adopt the HIV & AIDS Workplace Policy across all Group companies in Sri Lanka.
- The John Keells HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign received a fillip when it was highlighted in the 'Best Practices by Private Sector in Disease Prevention and Management – South West Asia Region' - a report compiled by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Friends of the Fund South and West Asia (FoSWA) and launched in New Delhi at the Conference on Public Health issues in South West Asia on 11th March 2010.
- JKH has been a member of the Board of the Lanka Business Coalition on HIV & AIDS since its inception and holds its Chairmanship at present (2015).
HIV & AIDS Awareness session at the LTTE rehabilitation camp in Mannar
HIV & AIDS Awareness session at Janadhipathi Balika Vidyalaya
Violence against women and children
In the reporting period, John Keells Foundation launched a new campaign to combat violence against women and children based on awareness creation. Awareness creation on gender based violence against women and child abuse is a long-term initiative designed to commence with the employees of the John Keells Group and thereafter to encompass various vulnerable communities around the Group’s business locations and the general public. Me
AIDS Day 2013 Chairman’s Message
As you may know, December 1st is World AIDS Day – the day on which the international community unites in its stand against this disease that has already reached epidemic proportions in several parts of the world. Whilst Sri Lanka still records a relatively low prevalence of HIV and AIDS, we cannot be complacent, considering that 46 new HIV cases and 7 AIDS-related deaths have been reported during the second quarter of 2013 (as per the re
Ivan marks another milestone
Ivan Perera, Master Trainer for John Keells Foundation's HIV and AIDS Awareness Initiative since December 2009, has conducted close to 110 HIV awareness sessions and reached more than 25,000 people Island-wide. Being an army veteran Ivan uses his affiliations with the military to conduct sessions for the security forces. His own experience of being in the military greatly assis
John Keells Awareness Campaign impacts more than 50,000 people as of April, 2013-04-08
“It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance” Stated Elizabeth Taylor and John Keells AIDS Awareness Programmes echo this very concept as their fundamental belief. Starting this initiative in 2005, John Keells has empowered and enlightened more than fifty thousand people across diverse social levels, job profiles,
John Keells Master Trainers conduct an awareness for Jetwing Employees
John Keells HIV and AIDS Master Trainers carried out a series of awareness sessions for Jetwing Hotel employees upon receiving a request from Lanka Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (LBCH). The sessions commenced on 08th May 2012 with the passing of the “Red Cushion” by Mr. Kishu Gomes, Chairman LBCH to Mr. Hiran Cooray, Managing Director of Jetwing Hote
HIV and AIDS awareness session at a garment factory in Kurunegala
Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee conducted an awareness session at Crest Fashion, a garment factory in Kurunegala. The proprietor of the factory, Ronnie Anthony invited HIV and AIDS Master Trainer Ivan Perera of Cinnamon Lodge to conduct this programme that benefited 198 staff members. According to the feedback received, most participants admitted that the
Lanka Business Coalition “passes on the cushion” to JKH chairman under the AIDS awareness programme
The Lanka Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (LBCH) marked the continuation of its HIV and AIDS awareness campaign for year 2012 with the passing of the 'awareness cushion' to Mr. Susantha Ratnayake, Chairman of John Keells Holdings PLC. The campaign launched earlier this year in an effort to highlight the importance of awareness, passes on a
Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee conducted an awareness session in Maduru Oya
Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee conducted an awareness session on 29th March 2012 at the Army Special Forces Training School in Maduru Oya. Despite of the intense training courses that were being conducted at the school, Colonel Chandimal Peiris made adjustments to their schedule to accommodate this HIV and AIDS awareness session. A total of th
John Keells Foundation conducts HIV and AIDS Awareness for SLAF in Jaffna
Two HIV and AIDS Awareness sessions were conducted on 26th and 27th March 2012 at the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) in Palaly, Jaffna. The sessions were conducted by Dr. Chaminda Dodampagamage, from the National STD / AIDS Control Programme of the Ministry of Health and was supported by John Keells master trainer Pandula Padmanath of JMSL. 259 airmen, cadets, and offi
JKF Master Trainers Conduct HIV & AIDS Awareness sessions for Tea factory workers in Karawita and New Panawenna
JKF Master Trainers conducted HIV and AIDS Awareness sessions at the TSFL Factories in Karawita and New Panawenna on 02nd March 2012. These sessions were held mainly to educate factory workers on the basic facts about HIV and AIDS and the importance of preventing the spread of the HIV virus. 157 estate workers benefited from the sessions conducted by in-house Master
Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee has educated over 15,000 members
Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee conducted an awareness session on 11th Februrary 2012 at the Pompeymadu Army Training school. Brigadier Ariith Kariyakarawana invited HIV and AIDS Master Trainer Ivan Perera of Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana to conduct the programme that benefited 407 officers. With the completion of this program, Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AI
Awareness session in Katukeliyawa
Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee conducted an awareness session on 16th January 2012 at the Katukeliyawa Army Training School. Chief Instructor, Major Karunarathne invited HIV and AIDS Master Trainer Ivan Perera of Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana to conduct the programme that benefited 300 officers and other rankers. In the vote of thanks, Lt. Ranweera apprecia
JKF Conducts HIV and AIDS Awareness for SLAF in Ampara and Batticaloa
Two HIV and AIDS Awareness sessions were conducted on 14th and 15th December 2011 at the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Training Academy in Ampara and Batticaloa. The sessions were conducted by Dr. Chaminda Dodampagamage, from the National STD / AIDS Control Programme and were supported by John Keells master trainer Pandula Padmanath fr
John Keells Group Marked World AIDS Day
1st December 2011 marked World AIDS Day. Even after 24 years of the first HIV case reported in Sri Lanka, there are still many unaware of basic facts relating to HIV and AIDS. For instance: * Currently in Sri Lanka, an HIV case is reported every 2.7 days. The actual number of infections may be significantly higher because
Awareness session at Pampaymadu and Nelumkulam Rehabilitation centers
Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee conducted two awareness sessions at Pampaymadu and Nelumkulam Rehabilitation centers recently. Major General and Rehabilitation Commissioner Chandana Rajaguru invited HIV and AIDS Master Trainer Ivan Perera of Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana to conduct the programme that benefited 1,068
Awareness session in Minneriya
The HIV and AIDS awareness team of Cinnamon Lodge Habarana conducted an HIV and AIDS awareness session at 7 Field Engineer Regiment, Batu Oya, Minneriya on 23rd December 2010. While the awareness session benefitted 88 officers of the Sri Lanka Army.
Quarterly HIV and AIDS awareness session at the Head Office
Under the HIV and AIDS Workplace Programme (HAWP), the 19 HIV and AIDS Workplace Committees across the Group are tasked to hold at least one HIV and AIDS Awareness session that incorporates both HIV and AIDS awareness as well as the HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy for staff. The awareness session educate new recrui
Awareness session at Hingurakgoda Air Force Base
As a part of its CSR initiatives, the CSR team of Cinnamon Lodge Habarana held an HIV Awareness programme at the Hingurakgoda Air Force Base on Valentine’s Day that fell on 14th February 2011. The programme was held in two sessions with the participation of about 240 male and female Air Force officers
HIV and AIDS aware for the Chaaya Island Dhonveli Staff
The Chaaya Island Dhonveli CSR committee organized an HIV and AIDS awareness programme for the resort associates on 23rd February 2011. The awareness programme was conducted by the "Centre for Community Health and Disease Control" and the "SHE" Non Government Organization in Maldives.
Awareness session at the Army Training School in Pompeymadu
The Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee was invited by Brigadier A. J. Kariyakarawana, 61st Division Commander of Mannar area and head of the Army Training School "Pompeymadu" to conduct an HIV awareness session on 18th June 2011. 388 officers and troops participated in the programme. In his vote of t
Awareness session at Sri Lanka Army Camp in Thallady
Brigadier Maithri Dias, Commanding Officer of 64th Division, Mannar, Sri Lanka Army Camp Thallady invited Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee to conduct an HIV awareness programme on 07th July 2011. There were 451 officers and other rankers who participated in this programme. In the welcome speech and vote of tha
HIV awareness session at the John Keells Head Office
The Head Office HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee conducted an HIV awareness session on 21st July 2011 at the JKH Auditorium. Fifty staffers from Keells Hotel Management Services and the Center were present at the event.
Awareness session at Army Training School in Habarana
HIV & AIDS Awareness Programme was held on 26th August 2011 at the SLAMC Army Training School in Habarana. Master Trainer of the programme, Ivan Perera of Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana, was invited by Dr. (Major) Kannangara, the Commanding Officer of the Training School to conduct the programme that benefited 268 officers and a medical student.
Awareness session at Sri Lanka Air Force Training Academy in China Bay
An HIV & AIDS Awareness session was held on the 30th of August 2011 at the Sri lanka Air Force (SLAF) Training Academy in China Bay, Trincomalee as part of John Keells Foundation (JKF)'s collaboration with SLAF to educate air men and women on prevention of HIV & AIDS. The session was conducted by Dr.
Cinnamon Lodge holds HIV and AIDS awareness sessions
Cinnamon Lodge HIV and AIDS Workplace Committee conducted awareness sessions on 17th and 18th September 2011 at Gajabapura, Kalyanapura, Sinhapura - 623 Brigade and 62 Division. Brigadier Laksiri Waduge, the 62 Division Commander, Walioya invited HIV and AIDS Master Trainer Ivan Perera of Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana
Awareness session at Sri Lanka Air Force Training Academy in Koggala
An HIV & AIDS Awareness session was held on 4th October 2011 at the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Training Academy in Koggala. The John Keells Foundation (JKF) in collaboration with SLAF is conducting awareness programmes of this nature to educate airmen and women on the prevention of HIV & AIDS. The session was conducted by
Cinnamon Lodge holds HIV and AIDS awareness sessions
The HIV and AIDS awareness team of Cinnamon Lodge Habarana conducted a series of successful awareness programs recently in Jaffna - Kilinochchi, Akkarayankulam, Alankulam, Jayapuram, Thunukkai and Mallavi educating 1,684 members of the Sri Lanka army. Master Trainer Mr. Ivan Perera, Mr. Ruwan, HR Executive and Mr. Kasun Buddhika, committee member of the HIV and
Awareness session for the Sri Lanka Army in Kilinochchi
The HIV and AIDS awareness Team of Cinnamon Lodge conducted yet another successful series of HIV and AIDS Awareness programs for a number of brigades and units for the Sri Lanka Army in Kilinochchi from 17th November to 19th November 2010. The total number of persons educated was 2120.