SWHAP at AIDS 2012
The theme for AIDS 2012 was “Turning the Tide Together”, the biennial international AIDS conference was a platform for dialogue on major issues facing the global response to HIV. SWHAP, represented by Edith Maziofa the Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa, participated in many events at the conference including the ILO pre-conference workshop on the role of Public Private Partnerships. During the workshop the role of SWHAP in reaching workplaces in Southern and East Africa was commended. The programme with its emphasis on sustainability and private sector contribution has given many organisations the impetus to start up workplace programmes.
In line with SWHAP’s mandate of promoting cooperation between management and trade unions, the programme supported a poster presentation by Dr Kapalata of theTrade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA). His research on 20 Tanzanian workplaces revealed that formulation and implementation of workplace policies and collective bargaining agreements can scale up interventions against HIV and AIDS in the workplace. When both workplace policies and collective bargaining agreements are in place the results are more organised and sustainable interventions. Additionally there was also, reduction in stigma, discrimination, numbers of new infections, and prolonged and improved tenure of employment as well as enhanced trust, cooperation and ownership of workplace programmes amongst employers and employees.