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SWHAP Newsletter October 2016
Kenya Truck Driver Programme
Over the last five years the Kenya Long Distance Truck Drivers’ Union has conducted awareness and testing for truck drivers along highways in Kenya. Last year, with support from SWHAP and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Union held a successful campaign where 5 065 people learnt their HIV status. Building on from this campaign, ten companies were identified to participate in a mentorship programme to set up comprehensive workplace HIV and wellness responses.  Read More
Scania Kenya Driver Competition
In related news on road safety and health, congratulations to the winners of the Scania Kenya Driver Competition, John Leonard Njoroge and Fredrick A. Amakusi. They managed to beat over a thousand entrants in the first Scania Driver Competition to be held in Kenya. Along with promoting road safety, Scania also used the competition to raise awareness on health issues affecting drivers and communities along transport corridors. Since the first heats in May, 1642 people have been counselled and tested for HIV and more than 500 have participated in wellness tests. Read more
Safeguarding the Future
UNAIDS estimates that 70% of boys and girls in sub-Saharan Africa do not have comprehensive HIV knowledge (unaids.org). Surging youth populations in Africa make investments in health and education crucial if the continent is to achieve its potential for social and economic growth. 

During August and October various activities were held targeting the children of employees in the SWHAP network in Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The programmes, which attracted over 150 participants, shared age appropriate Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and advocated for responsible sexual behaviour.   Read more
Working with Unions in Zimbabwe
SWHAP is collaborating with the National Union of Metal and Allied Industries in Zimbabwe (NUMAIZ) to sensitise the Union’s focal persons on HIV and AIDS. NUMAIZ, an affiliate of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), has around 9 000 members in five sectors.

Training for the union’s representatives was held in Harare on 14 and 15 September under the theme “Lighting the path towards healthy lifestyles amongst NUMAIZ workers”. Read more
Peer Educator Training
Peer Educators within the SWHAP network receive regular training to keep them up to date with developments in health and HIV and AIDS. Such training is important for the sustainability of peer education programmes. During August and September 44 Peer Educators from South Africa, Botswana and the DRC updated their knowledge and skills. Read more
 
Peer Educator Outreach
Peer Educators from Zambia and Zimbabwe were at agricultural shows held in August distributing condoms and discussing HIV transmission and prevention with show participants.   Read more
Wellness Days
Wellness Days were held by companies in the DRC, Kenya and South Africa with some targeting specific health concerns. During their wellness day Ericsson DRC raised awareness and promoted the prevention of malaria. The company provided rapid malaria testing for employees and their families and gave out treated bed nets.  Bed nets are cost effective prevention strategy against malaria and can reduce malaria cases by up to one third. Addressing malaria is also of concern for those that are HIV positive as malaria increases HIV viral load. Read more
Social Football
Sodeico Manpower, winner of the SWHAP achievement award for Most Innovative Programme in 2015, held a football tournament in July. During matches the company’s employees and SWHAP partners in the DRC were offered HIV counselling and Testing services while male and female condoms were handed out. The aim of the initiative was to motivate the Sodeico agents to engage in active lifestyles and to promote the prevention of non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

In related news Bayport Financial Services and Scania Hazida in Zambia held their own football tournament on 23 July and raised awareness on HIV and wellness. The tournament provided an opportunity for Peer Educators to network and conduct joint sensitisation for the 300 supporters that watched the match.The outreach offered opportunity for testing, counselling and referral through a local service provider. 

 
Mentorship Programmes
SWHAP encourages companies that have established sus­tainable workplace programmes to share their expertise and experiences with their supply chain or neighbouring organisations through mentorship programmes.  Read about how Ericom Communications, Scanlink and Shreeji Chemicals are sharing their expertise in implementing programmes with other companies in Zimbabwe and Kenya. Read more

Mentorship programmes can also be with Unions and Employers Organisations. A mapping study in Tanzania by consulting firm Deloitte revealed that only 29% of companies had social investments with a specific focus on HIV and AIDS. To help bridge this gap, SWHAP has partnered with the Association of Tanzania Employers and Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA) in a workplace wellness programme advocacy campaign targeting ten companies. Read more
Mozambique Update
On 22 July 2015 Mozambique became the eleventh country within the SWHAP partnership. Significant progress has been made since the launch in Maputo. SWHAP is now working with Atlas Copco, Auto Sueco, Verde Azul Consultoria and Tecnel. The companies have trained HIV and wellness committees, drafted policies, and conducted awareness sessions reaching 73 employees.  Read more
New Programmes
A warm welcome to three new companies joining the programme, Sandvik Botswana and Hydroscand and Quant from South Africa. The companies have not wasted time in getting their programmes off the ground; Hydroscand has trained eight steering committee members and Quant has held training for twelve managers.
Changes at SWHAP

SWHAP is pleased to welcome new Programme Manager Alessandra Cornale and new board members Lisa Osbäck and Anna Jensen Naatikka.

Alessandra Cornale was previously with the International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR) and has extensive experience in international development cooperation. Lisa Osbäck replaces Lars Magnusson and is the Director of Market Development at NIR.  Anna Jensen Naatikka is the IF Metall Union Secretary and takes over from Monika Theodorsson. 

2016 SWHAP Annual Conference
The 2016 SWHAP Annual Conference will be held at the Premier Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa from 27 to 28 October. The overall theme for the conference is “A partnership approach for sustainable workplace programmes". The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange experiences between different workplace programmes. More information on the conference programme will be uploaded soon on the website. Read the 2015 Conference Report here.

 
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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