What is the HIV Epidemic?Why is it a workplace Issue?How do we manage it in our workplaces?When do we begin to mitigate the impact of the virus on our workplaces?
HAA – HIV & AIDS Agency Launched on 29 Jan 2013Take a closer look:1983 = 29 years of the virus in Trinidad and Tobago22787 = approx. 1.8% of the population.15-49 = primary working population in Trinidad and TobagoAssuming that all 22787 are accessing ART at a cost of US$1500, this means that annually US$4 billion is spent on ART treatment in Trinidad and Tobago.
So what can companies and their leadership aim to do?
The Centre is armed with the National HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy as its main tool to assist organization in managing the impact of HIV in their workspaces and amongst their employees.
Overview on hiv & aids in the workplace, advocacy & sustainability salim october
MANAGING HIV AND AIDS IN THEWORKPLACEPresentation by : Salim OctoberMinistry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise DevelopmentNational HIV/AIDS Workplace Advocacy and Sustainability CentreNATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY ANDHEALTH WEEK 2013
To Effectively Manage HIV and AIDS in our Workplace weneed to address the: What? Why? How? When?Of the Epidemic and its impact.
The first case of HIV in Trinidad and Tobago was reported in 1983. (NSU) 23,906 recorded cases of people who tested positive for HIV in T&T. 4041 cases have resulted in AIDS related deaths. 2007 to 2011 statistics revealed that the HIV and AIDS epidemic wasconcentrated in the 25-49 age group, (65.0% of new infections occur). 2010 – 2011 saw increase in new infections among the older population(above age 49 yrs) which accounted for 14% of new infections For 1992-2002 the ILO placed an average annual GDP loss attributed toHIV and AIDS globally at US$45 million and the total loss of workers as aproportion of the total labour force, were projected to be 4.7% by 2015. US$1500-US$1800 (TT$9400-TT$11200): the global average monthly costto treat someone living with HIV.What is the context?
Why….do we need to manage HIV and AIDS inour Workplaces? Is there a cost to a business to respond tothe impact/implications of the epidemic? Is there a cost to a business failing torespond to the impact/implications of theepidemic?
IncreasedAbsenteeismIncreasedStaffTurnoverLoss ofSkillLoss ofInstitutionalMemoryDecliningMoraleIncreased Cost Declining Profits Declining ProductivityPossible CostImplicationsPossible Impact on profits and productivity:Insurance Cover Declining foreign and re-investmentRetirement Funds Declining markets, labour pool and suppliersHealth and Safety Increased demands for training and recruitmentMedical Assistance Declining intellectual capital (internal processes)Funeral Cost Declining reliabilitySource: Adapted from The business response to HIV/AIDS: impact and lessons learned (2000)
How then do we manage HIV and AIDS in ourWorkplaces?Development of HIV and AIDS WorkplacePolicies and Programmes!
The Trinidad and Tobago National Workplace Policy onHIV and AIDS The Government of the Republic of Trinidad andTobago Employers and their representatives Workers and their representatives Occupational Health Personnel and otherspecialists All other relevant stakeholdersconsists of ten (10) Key Principles that are tobe used as a framework for the HIV-relatedWorkplace Action (Tripartite Plus Communities):
What does a workplace policy on HIV and AIDSaim to accomplish?It Commits the workplace to action Defines the rights of all workers Highlights benefits to employers Guides managers, workers and their representatives onaddressing HIV and AIDS in the workplace It provides managers, workers and their representatives withinformation on where to access care, treatment and supportservices Establishes consistency within the organization in dealing withHIV-related issues Can lead to increased staff confidence and loyalty contingentupon ―employer cares‖ = ―increased productivity‖
Key Principles of the National HIV & AIDSWorkplace Policy Consideration of HIV and AIDS as a Workplace Issue Non-Discrimination Gender Equality Healthy Work Environment Social Dialogue No Screening for Purposes of Employment Confidentiality Continuing Employment Prevention Care and Support
Lessons from Business ExperienceWhat works at the level of companyleadership: Openness about HIV & AIDS (all levels) Support for responsible sexual behavior Support for appropriate policies to addressHIV & AIDS-related situations that mayarise in the workplace Moral, financial and resource commitmentto sustain programs .
Lessons from Business ExperienceWhat works in HIV & AIDS Programmes: Clear, non-technical information about HIV& AIDS for all employees Peer education and peer support(behaviour change) Encouraging workers to use availableservices Voluntary and confidential HIV testing andpre- and post-test counseling.
Lessons from Business ExperienceWhat does not work: Ignoring the disease and hoping it willsimply go away Assuming that HIV/AIDS affects only acertain class or group of people—that it issomeone else’s problem Assuming that infection is due to sinful orimmoral behavior
Lessons from Business ExperienceWhat does not work continued: Infrequent prevention activities Initiating an HIV/AIDS prevention programwell after the disease is established in thepopulation, then trying to catch up; Assuming that prevention programs aretoo expensive. Assuming that the more ―matured‖ workforce is not at risk
Step 1:Establisha policytask teamStep 2:Draft thePolicyStep 3:ConsultandNegotiateStep 4:FinalizethePolicyStep 5:Implementthe PolicyStep 6:Monitorthe PolicyAction Steps towards Policy developmentand implementationNow is the time for usto journey together
The National HIV/AIDS WorkplaceAdvocacy andSustainability Centre (HASC)Who can help you on such ajourney?
What is the HASC and its mandate?The HASC is a unit in the Ministry of Labour andSmall and Micro Enterprise Development and wasestablished by Cabinet in 2009 to mount a strategicresponse to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS inthe world of work.The HASC sensitises workers and employers in thepublic and private sectors and the informal economyon the need for policies and programmes thataddress HIV and AIDS as a workplace issue, whilstsupporting the implementation of the National
What are the services we offer? Assist the development or revision of HIVand AIDS workplaces policies andprogrammes. Conduct sensitization sessions withemployers/employees on the core principles Conduct training to support policyimplementation Establish links to HIV related services.
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