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SWHAP Newsletter December 2016
SWHAP Achievement Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 SWHAP Achievement Award winners. The awards were presented at a gala dinner during the SWHAP conference on 28 October in Johannesburg South Africa.

The winner of the Award for Most Comprehensive Workplace Programme 2016 was Babcock Ntuthuko, South Africa. Ericsson, DRC won the Award for Best Progress in Workplace Programmes and Sandvik, Zambia, won the Award for Most Innovative Intervention.

Runner-up prizes were awarded to: Freda Rebecca Gold Mine, Zimbabwe and Sandvik, Tanzania in the Most Comprehensive category; Hazida Motors, Zambia and Lincoln Lubrication, South Africa in the Best Progress category; and to Scania, Botswana and Sodeico Manpower, DRC in the Most Innovative category.

Peer Educator Achievement awards were also given to: Tellmore Chiramba, Ericom Communications, Zimbabwe; Arlindo Mário Cumbi, Auto Sueco, Mozambique; Laban Mahindu, Tamarind Translations, Kenya; Maurine Chirwa, ABB, South Africa and Nzovwa Mulaisho, Bayport Financial Services, Zambia.

World AIDS Day 2016

The World AIDS Day Report released by UNAIDS (Get on the Fast Track – The life-cycle approach to HIV) discusses the importance of finding HIV prevention and treatment options for “everyone at every stage of life” (unaids.org). It highlights slow progress in reducing new infections in adults (25-49 age group) and attributes this to lack of comprehensive HIV prevention efforts and inadequate strategies for removing structural barriers to testing and treatment. Read how workplace programmes can address some of these gaps. Read more

World AIDS Day Commemorations

SWHAP partners joined the rest of the world in commemorating World AIDS Day 2016 under the theme “Hands up for HIV prevention”. Various activities were held including; community outreach to vulnerable populations, commemorative marches and provision of voluntary HIV counselling and testing for employees and communities. Follow the link to view the World AIDS Day Photo Album. Read more

SWHAP Conference

Over 160 delegates from 11 countries attended the annual SWHAP Conference held between 27 and 28 October in Johannesburg South Africa. The conference provided an opportunity to discuss and exchange experiences under the theme “A partnership approach for sustainable workplace programmes”. Conference participants celebrated achievements in workplace programme implementation and looked at how partnerships enhance the viability and sustainability of programmes.

The opening keynote address was made by His Excellency the former President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe. In his address, Mr Motlanthe commended the delegates for their “consistent determination” in addressing HIV issues. He also spoke of how The National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2017-2022 – currently under development – will emphasize partnerships between different sectors to reach more people with testing and treatment. Read more
Scanlink Community Outreach

In the run-up to World AIDS Day Scanlink Zimbabwe, a Scania dealer, embarked on its road safety and wellness campaign with free HIV testing for the public, street vendors and long distance bus drivers at busy bus and truck stopover points in Zimbabwe. The campaign ran over six days testing 1535 people for HIV. It was held in partnership with SWHAP, the International Labour Organization, the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) and the National AIDS Council. People who tested positive during the campaign were counselled and referred to local treatment centres.

Working with Men to Address Gender Based Violence

The figures on gender based violence (GBV) are alarming. According to the World Health Organization 35% of women “experience physical and/ or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence over their lifetime” (WHO 2013). Survivors of violence often experience physical, emotional and psychological trauma. The impact of this violence extends to families and communities and has a negative impact on social and economic development. While most GBV perpetrators are male, the number of men who do not condone violence towards women and girls is higher. Companies in the SWHAP network proactively work with service providers to address the underlying social and cultural issues related to GBV.  Read More

 
Management and Employee Sensitisation

The SWHAP start-up process for new programmes includes sensitisation for management and staff on the benefits of a healthy workforce that knows its HIV status. This is an important step in getting the buy-in of all parties. In Zambia, the Eltel Transmission start-up kicked off with management sensitisation on 21 October.  This was followed by awareness sessions for the company’s 350 employees and subcontractors that are spread out over several sites in Zambia’s north-west province. It is anticipated that the programme will have a significant impact on the health of the employees who, due to the transient nature of their work, are often separated from partners and families for long periods of time.

In Mozambique management and employee sensitisations were held in November for Verde Azul.   

Networking and Training

Between September and December, network and training meetings took place in the DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Over 120 Peer Educators and senior managers were trained. During their training session, Spouse Peer Educators from Zambia shared how they had used information gained during a previous workshop to speak to their families and communities about gender and health related matters. Read more

Cancer Awareness at Scania Botswana

Worldwide cancer is on the increase and many deaths are occurring in low-and-middle income countries where cancer is often diagnosed late. During October Scania Botswana held campaigns to raise awareness on cancers (in particular AIDS defining cancers) for men and women. In partnership with the Cancer Association of Botswana, the company ran a Movember Run Ride Campaign promoting awareness on men’s health and testicular cancer in the community. Scania also provided free screening for the community.  Early detection and lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, exercising and not smoking, are important considerations in addressing cancers.

The Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Programme (SWHAP) is a long-term strategy to support the response to HIV and AIDS at Swedish related workplaces in sub-Saharan Africa. SWHAP is a joint programme between the International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR) and the Swedish Industrial and Metalworkers’ Union (IF Metall). It is financially supported by Sida.

Contact: Programme Manager Alessandra Cornale, info@swhap.org + 46 8 783 82 68 or + 46 707 919 381 or Country Coordinators, swhap.org/about/coordinators/
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