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                   SARA HIV/AIDS PROPOSAL

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HIV/AIDS PROPOSAL FOR SOUTHERN AFRICAN RAILWAYS ASSOCIATION


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Southern African Railways Association (SARA) is in...
Project Description

The purpose of the HIV/AIDs Policy is to ensure a consistent and equitable approach by
SARA members i...
Funding requirements

Funding required is for:
               HIV/AIDs impact assessment
               Training of peer...
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  1. 1. SOUTHERN AFRICAN RAILWAYS ASSOCIATION SARA HIV/AIDS PROPOSAL FOR SUBMISSION TO REGIONAL HIV/AIDS PROGRAM USAID/SOUTH AFRICA RAILWAY MAP OF SARA MEMBERS RAILWAY MAP OF SARA MEMBERS KENYA CONGO MOMBASA KINSHASA DRC TANZANIA DAR-ES-SALAAM LUANDA ANGOLA LOBITO MALAWI ZAMBIA MOCAMBIQUE NAC ALA LUSAK A BLANTYRE HAR ARE VICTORIA FALLS ZIMBABWE NAMIBIA BEIRA PLUMTREE WALVISB AAI BOTSWANA BEITBRIDGE WINDHOEK GABORONE JOHANNESBURG LÜDERITZ MAPUTO SWAZILAND RICHARDS BAY LESOTHO SOUTH AFRICA DURBAN SALD ANHA EAST LONDON CAPE TOWN PORT ELIZABETH TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER JUNTOS SOMOS MELHOR ENSEMBLE NOUS FERONS MIEUX SARA REGIONAL SECRETARIAT PHONE: +263-4-736777 67 FIFE AVENUE FAX: +263-4-736813 HARARE, ZIMBABWE WEBSITE: http://www.sararail.org
  2. 2. HIV/AIDS PROPOSAL FOR SOUTHERN AFRICAN RAILWAYS ASSOCIATION Summary Southern African Railways Association (SARA) is in the process of implementing its regional HIV/AIDS policy in its member railways. SARA is requesting for funding for setting up of Voluntary Counselling and Testing centres in each member railway, training of counsellors, peer educators and basic nutrition and supply of subsidized Antiretroviral drugs. Organisation Information In the South African Development Community (SADC) transportation of goods plays a significant role in the regional economy. If transportation costs do not change to become more competitive, regional growth will be compromised, and ultimately, poverty alleviation will be jeopardized. To address these issues, the Southern African Railway Association (SARA) was formed in 1996 as an advocacy group for a sustainable, fair, surface transport policy in the SADC region. Members include 13 companies and organizations owning railway infrastructure and facilities, or providing or operating railway services in southern Africa. SARA’s vision is to achieve a cost effective, regionally integrated seamless and predictable railway transport service. This calls for the rail industry to improve its performance so as to meet the demands on the services. The performance of the sector is affected by morbidity, mortality and ill health retirement of its human resources. The loss of skilled and experienced labour within the industry has proved to be detrimental, as flows of goods and people are interrupted or discontinued. Replacement of highly skilled workers such as train drivers, shunters and technically skilled is not easy and may also result in a decline in services rendered. HIV/AIDs pandemic not only affect the rail workers directly but indirectly through taking time off to attend funerals or to care for sick family members. The costs of the HIV/AIDs epidemic will be felt throughout the workforce. In the region railway administrations are responsible for paying a total wage bill that includes basic wage provision for health care, pensions, insurance, transport and housing. The replacement costs of labour will vary depending on the qualifications required for a specific operation, the level of skills employed and the availability of labour. If suitable labour is not available then training may be required. Key employees for example, train drivers, and technical operators are difficult to replace and expensive to train and are key personnel responsible for sustaining core businesses. Railway administrations bear the costs of training personnel and most training is in-house or through training boards to meet accreditation requirements. Losing such employees due to HIV/AIDs and related diseases has had adverse effects on the rail industry not only in terms of productivity losses but also in terms of investment losses. To address the HIV/AIDs pandemic SARA is in the process of developing a regional HIV/AIDS Policy framework for implementation by its members. The policy is scheduled for tabling and adoption at the SARA Board meeting in May 2007.
  3. 3. Project Description The purpose of the HIV/AIDs Policy is to ensure a consistent and equitable approach by SARA members in the prevention of HIV/AIDs among employees and their families and to the management of HIV/AIDs including the care and support of employees and their dependencies living with HIV/AIDs. SARA’s HIV/Policy has been developed in consultation with individual railways and Southern African Development Community (SADC) policies and is based on International Labour Organisation HIV/AIDs in workplace policy framework. The Policy has incorporated national, regional policies and global HIV/AIDs initiatives. The SARA HIV/AIDs Policy recognises the need of regional inter-sectoral approach and global initiatives in prevention and management of HIV/AIDs through adopting standardised HIV/AIDs overall objectives. There has never been a study on the impact of HIV/AIDs in the rail sector in the SADC region. It then becomes a necessity for SARA to carry out the impact study before embarking on any HIV/AIDs programmes. In ensuring that, the impact of HIV/AIDs is effectively addressed the SARA HIV/AIDs programmes should include the following: i. Nutrition ii. Prevention Programmes iii. STI Prevention iv. Support for People with HIV/AIDs v. HIV/AIDs Awareness and Advocacy vi. Antiretroviral drugs vii. Monitoring and Coordination Systems for HIV/AIDs viii. Estimating the Potential Consequences of the HIV/AIDs Epidemic ix. Monitoring of risk behaviour patterns x. Development of Social Indicators to Monitor the HIV Epidemic xi. Gender and HIV/AIDs in the context of Human Development Implications of the Epidemic Project Objectives Inline with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional framework to mitigate the negative economic and social effects of HIV/AIDS, SARA has embarked on a development and implementation of regional rail sector HIV/AIDs Strategic Framework and Program of action for 2007-2011. The goal of this project is to manage the cost of human resources on railway administrations by reducing mortality and ill health of railway employees and their families due to HIV/AIDs and related diseases. The management entails adoption of HIV/AIDs as part of Organizational Strategic Planning, HIV/AIDs awareness campaigns, setting up of Voluntary Counseling and Testing centres in every SARA member, training of counselors, peer educators and trainers, nutritional counseling and provision of subsidized antiretroviral drugs to employees and their families and provision of health food baskets to employees living with HIV/AIDs. Family members of railway employees are also incorporated in the HIV/AIDs mitigation projects. Railway administrations provide accommodation to most of their employees. Thus family members leaving in these railway communities would be assisted to start nutritional gardening and chicken projects to argument their health food provisions for their community.
  4. 4. Funding requirements Funding required is for:  HIV/AIDs impact assessment  Training of peer educators, counsellors  Supply of ARVs or subsided supply of ARVs  Home based care kits  Initial capital injection for community health projects such nutritional gardening chicken projects Proposed date of implementation The implementation will commence as soon as the Policy framework is adopted. Implementation Agents The SARA secretariat will be the implementation agent of the project and railway administrations are the beneficiaries of the project. The project will be monitored and evaluated yearly based on the following indicators:  Prevalence  Interventions Awareness and Campaigns Medical Treatment (ARVs, STI and opportunity infections treated) Lifestyle improvements (nutritional supplements, alternative therapies) Behavioural change programmes Career and succession planning Community based projects Number beneficiaries Costs Other milestones Contact Details Joice Chidora Southern African Railways Association 67 Fife Avenue Harare Zimbabwe Tel +263-4-736777/8 Fax + 263-4-736813 Mobile: +263-11-802067 E-mail: jchidora@sararail.org

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