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SWHAP Newsletter March 2017
Be Bold For Change - International Women's Day

The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day “Be Bold for Change” was chosen to inspire drastic action in light of a report from the World Economic Forum predicting that it could be another 169 years before the gender gap is closed. SWHAP and its partners held various events to commemorate the day and ramp up support for the cause.

Peer Educators from the Atlas Copco office in Dar es Salaam Tanzania visited a local orphanage to conduct an awareness talk on menstrual hygiene for the young women there. They also donated sanitary wear and money raised by their colleagues. UNESCO estimates that one in 10 adolescent girls in Africa miss school and eventually drop out due to menstruation-related issues.

Follow the link to read about other commemorative events such as the gender dialogues in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Read more

World TB Day 

The 2016 Global Tuberculosis Report notes that while there have been significant achievements in addressing TB, important diagnostic and treatment gaps persist. Workplace HIV and AIDS programmes can make a difference in accelerating the impact of the global TB response. 

On 24 March SWHAP joined the rest of the world in commemorating World TB day under the theme “Unite to end TB”.  Ending TB by 2035 is everyone’s responsibility. As the example from one of our partner’s in South Africa shows this is not just a job for management, we can all do something. Read more

Union Mentorship Programmes

SWHAP often partners with unions and employer’s organisations to build capacity for HIV and wellness programmes in the workplace. These programmes often result in improved relations between management and unions. Follow the link to read about the programmes in the DRC, Tanzania and Zambia.  Read more

Supply Chain and Mentorship Updates
Congratulations to Sandvik South Africa who launched their supply chain programme on 17 February. The programme will assist five companies employing 700 people within Sandvik’s value chain to set-up and implement sustainable workplace HIV and wellness programmes.

Follow the link to read about mentorship programmes in the DRC, Uganda and Zimbabwe
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Empowering Employees to Make Informed Decisions About Health

During wellness days employees can participate in onsite biometric screening and testing for HIV. They also receive information on; the benefits of early diagnosis, the importance of knowing their health status and the management of chronic conditions. The information is designed to make sure they understand their results and any actions that need to be taken. Since the last reporting period, wellness days have been held at Quant, Hydroscand, Phillip Morris International and Atlas Copco DRC: empowering over 130 employees at these companies to make informed decisions about their health.

Workplace Condom Audit

A recent survey in Kenya (Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey KAIS II) revealed low condom use with sexual partners of unknown HIV status (7.1% among women and 27.1% among men). These are worrying statistics given that the main mode of HIV transmission in Kenya is sexual intercourse.
Consequently, six companies within the SWHAP network (SKF, Amazon Motors, Assa Abloy, Tamarind Translations, HemoCue and SAAB) conducted audits at their workplaces to assess condom availability, frequency of use, and knowledge and attitudes regarding use. Read More

Responsible Love

SWHAP and its partners tapped into Valentine’s Day and International Condom Day (commemorated on 13 February) to raise awareness on sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and HIV prevention. Read about the Valentine's Day campaigns in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Read More

Sandvik Weight Loss Challenge

After two consecutive wellness reports indicated a high number of employees with a Body Mass Index (BMI) above the normal range Sandvik South Africa decided that something needed to be done to help their employees lose weight and get into shape. Read More 

Scania Hazida Gender Dialogue

A gender dialogue was held at Scania Hazida Zambia on 18 February for 23 employees who discussed gender roles, barriers to gender inequality and possible solutions. A highlight of the discussions was recognition by male employees that some of their values and actions were discriminatory towards women.

Gender dialogues will be taking place at various workplaces within the SWHAP network this year as part of efforts to mainstream gender and manage diversity within workplace HIV and AIDS programmes.

Improving Compliance in HIV Workplace Programming

On 21 February, SWHAP partners in Kenya participated in a national forum for human resource managers, programme coordinators and union representatives aimed at improving compliance in HIV workplace programming.  The meeting provided a platform to share recent developments in the legal and ethical requirements regarding HIV in the workplace and to discuss innovative ways of scaling up the private sector response. Read More

Welcome New SWHAP Partners

A warm welcome to new SWHAP partners; Bearing and Power Transmission Technologies Uganda, Okapi Finance Kenya, SAAB Kenya, Orica Mining Tanzania and Volvo DRC.

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, + 46 8 783 82 68 or + 46 707 919 381 or Country Coordinators,
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