Gordon Irlam
326 A St
Redwood City, CA 94063

Email: noreply@base.com
Phone / Fax: +1 (650) 364-6169

Douglas N. Daft
Coca-Cola Company
1 Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30313

July 22, 2002

Dear Mr. Douglas N. Daft,

Last year a spent some time visiting Tanzania, and got to see up close the tremendous human devastation being wrought by HIV throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The word tragedy doesn't begin to describe what I witnessed. Worldwide, an estimated 3 million people died from AIDS last year.

I was encouraged last year when I learnt Coca-Cola would be working with UNAIDS to help address the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, including the provision of anti-retroviral treatment to its workers. I am disappointed though by what I recently learned from a flyer handed out by the HealthGAP Coalition in San Francisco: that Coca-Cola will only be providing anti-retroviral treatment for direct company employees.

I urge you to stay true to The Coca-Cola Promise: to "benefit and refresh everyone who is touched by our business," by working to ensure that anti-retroviral treatment is available to all workers in need at all Coca-Cola affiliated companies throughout sub-Saharan Africa.


Gordon Irlam