24 HIV and AIDS Coordinators and Peer Educators from Zimbabwe attended a four day Bridges of Hope training. Bridges of Hope is an innovative Global award winning package of interactive training activities that work in gaining audience interest and participation and can offer renewed energy to stagnant programmes or burnt-out peer educators. This method of training was so effective that during a training session a member of the public disclosed their status to the SWHAP training group. Sandvik participants have gone on to share the techniques they learnt with their supply chain at the Divvyman Policy Launch on 7th June. Sandvik Zambia has also participated in the Bridges of Hope Training and this June will also host another Bridges of Hope training for their Peer Educators.
At ABB in South Africa the Peer Educators have decided to wear their Peer Educator t-shirts on Fridays. This is a response to a previous concern that employees didn’t know who their Peer Educators were. The initiative also includes the hand out of leaflets, as well as pictures of the Peer Educators being placed on the notice boards.
Atlas Copco Namibia have finalised their workplace policy and are now waiting to launch and disseminate it. The policy of the company was guided by the policy of Atlas Copco in South Africa.
New SWHAP publications, company savings due to HIV workplace programme, supply chain activities, spouses” programme, network meetings for spousal peer educators as well as for regular peer educators and SWHAP lessons disseminated in India. Read in the latest newsletter about what has been going on lately in SWHAP!
Malaria is bad for business. The disease is responsible for decreased productivity, employee absenteeism, increased health-care costs, and can negatively impact a company”s reputation. Furthermore, malaria has proven to worsen the effects of HIV and AIDS, and vice versa. Several SWHAP supported companies have now included malaria prevention in their workplace programmes.The actions taken to prevent malaria include distribution of treated bed nets to the employees and information given by the company peer educators.This has proven a great success and the results of these cost and resource-effective interventions have been remarkable. To read more about this please refer to the SWHAP Malaria Case Study.