Over the years Africa liner specialist OTAL
has helped a number of charitable projects
in West Africa and shipped many cargoes
on a free or concessionary basis. As part
of its efforts it is now helping to spread
the word about a Patti Boulaye concert in
London's Albert Hall on April 12 to assist
the Support For Africa charity to build
and run clinics in sub-Saharan countries.
The exquisitely healthy looking Patti wants
to build a network of clinics to provide
primary healthcare, counselling, dietary
advice and information on the prevention
of the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria. A
whole host of sponsorship opportunities
are available for companies wishing to back
this aim and be associated with it.
It is estimated that 6,000 people die each
day in Africa, and some 75% of people in
the world with HIV/AIDS live there. Too
few people in Africa are aware that 95%
of HIV/AIDS infections result from heterosexual
transmission. OTAL has already been involved
in the initiatives to combat the disease,
transporting 8,000 cases of condoms from
India to the Central African Republic as
part of a UN aid effort.
It shipped the consignment from Cochin
to Doulala and then trucked it 1,437 km
inland to the capital Bangul.