Promoting Health through Workplace-Based Programs & Cross-Sector Collaboration

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Use a train-the-trainer approach to increase knowledge and improve behavior of the entire workforce.
Peer trainers selected according to criteria
Trainers meet once per month, learn new topic every other month
Trainings held on health topics including hygiene, nutrition, maternal health, and others, or financial issues including saving, borrowing, and talking about finances

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Promoting Health through Workplace-Based Programs & Cross-Sector Collaboration

  1. 1. 1 Promoting Health through Workplace-Based Programs & Cross-Sector Collaboration Lauren Shields, Regional Program Manager, HERproject 6th Conference on Peer Education, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS
  2. 2. 2 HERproject • Bringing health (or finance) • To the workplace • Using peer education
  3. 3. Healthy workers, healthy communities o HERproject leverages workplaces to deliver health trainings o Businesses are key stakeholders to promoting health o Private, public, and NGO sectors have a role to play
  4. 4. HERproject health curriculum 4 Health manual and trainings include: • Eating healthy • Personal hygiene • Water-borne diseases • Your body and menstruation • Family planning • Maternal health • Reproductive cancers • Preventing sexually transmitted infections • HIV/AIDS • Malaria and Dengue fever • Ergonomics Improve awareness and behavior related to general and reproductive health, challenge harmful taboos, promote preventative care, and increase access to critical health products and services.
  5. 5. HERproject approach 5 HERproject uses a three pronged approach in each of our factory and farm-based programs. Peer Education Trainings Making workplaces better for workers Linking workers to products and services Use a train-the-trainer approach to increase knowledge and improve behavior of the entire workforce. • Peer trainers selected according to criteria • Trainers meet once per month, learn new topic every other month • Trainings held on health topics including hygiene, nutrition, maternal health, and others, or financial issues including saving, borrowing, and talking about finances Enhance human resources and employee social services to respond to women’s unique needs in the workplace. • Increase the effectiveness of factory- based clinics to address women’s health and make referrals to external services; • Upgrade factory clinic standards and record- keeping tools, and product stocking • Enable direct deposit of salaries, and promote uptake of financial products Leverage the workplace as an access and demand generation point to increase availability and uptake of critical products and services for women. • Increase access to critical health and financial products and services within and outside workplaces, including:  Condoms,  Nutritional supplements,  Sanitary napkins  Bank accounts  Financial planning tools
  6. 6. Healthy workers, healthy communities When my five- year old daughter grows up, I want to teach her many things from HERproject Peer Educator
  7. 7. Empowered workers through health “I got promoted because my manager realized my potential when he saw me disseminating the information” Supervisor and Peer Educator
  8. 8. Empowered workers through health “I felt neglected in my community but since HERproject, I am not like any other women anymore, people call me the teacher” Peer Educator
  9. 9. 9 Improved knowledge, behavior and access Improved confidence Good for workers Increased productivity Improved workplace environment Good for business HERproject’s Business Case
  10. 10. Measuring health improvements Baseline assessment Endline assessment Tangible outcomes • More women can name 4+ family planning options , increase of 17 percentage points • Increased awareness of nearby health clinics, increase of 5 percentage points • More women know how to perform a breast self-exam, increase of 24 percentage points • Decrease in reported back pain, by 14 percentage points
  11. 11. Demonstrating the business benefits Direct Benefits • Reduced Absenteeism • Reduced attrition rates • Links with external health care providers Indirect Benefits • Increased role of the factory or farm nurse • Improved relationships between management and workers • Increased communication between peers and worker and management • Improved relationships with buyers “The program has not only helped to raise the awareness of health related issues, but to also mitigated the risk related to turnover of skillful workers.” –General Manager, Vietnam HERproject factory (September 2012) “We have seen a better dialogue with factory management. Management is now asking questions.” –Buyer Participant (January 2013)
  12. 12. Building partnerships for good Local and global cross-sector partnerships for sustainable impacts 12 NGOs partner BSR Companies Factories and Farms Workers NGOs Other NGOs Health bodies
  13. 13. Call for collaboration Our vision for HERproject in Kenya >>> • More companies investing in worker health and welfare… • …more partners that provide services to companies… • …providing a platform for donors interested in leveraging the private sector …. • …allowing us to reach more workers, their families and their communities… • …to deliver stronger health outcomes. <<<Your help is needed!
  14. 14. 14 Thank you Lauren Shields, HERproject Farm, France lshields@bsr.org www.herproject.org

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