Road Safety and Health Campaigns

Scania Driver Competition- Kenya

During May, Scania in Kenya partnered with SWHAP to provide HIV and wellness testing for truck and bus drivers through the Scania Driver Competition. The annual competition promotes road safety, driver’s health and acknowledges the driver as the most important asset for achieving economy and safety in driving.

The first phase of the competition involved a three-week registration exercise along truck stops on the highway from Mombasa to Nairobi. During the registration process HIV and wellness tests were made available for competition participants and communities around the truck stops. Over the three week period over 1400 people were tested for HIV. Clients that tested positive were followed-up using local community mechanisms that help to ensure uptake of care and treatment services.

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This initiative by Scania is important as drivers’ general health impacts on their ability to do their jobs. Moreover, HIV prevalence amongst this group in East Africa is higher than the national average. Due to the nature of their work, long distance bus and truck drivers spend the majority of their time in transit along the highways far away from their families. This absence from their families often leads to high risk sexual behaviour, transactional sex and multiple sexual partners along major towns and stopover points. It is thus also important to offer counselling and testing services to these communities.

Scania are hoping to reach 9500 drivers, spectators and community members with information on HIV and non-communicable diseases and opportunities for testing during the course of the competition. Testing will also be provided during the regional heats of the competition scheduled for July and August, with the finals to be held in October in Nairobi.

Botswana 

Atlas Copco and Scania Botswana, working in partnership with UNITRANS, the Department of Road Transportation and Safety, Botswana Police, the Ministry of Health and other local actors ran a two-day programme on “Fatigue Management and Road Safety” between 27 and 28 May. The programme was conducted at the busy Mahalapye Bus Rank, 360 kilometres from Gaborone. As well as raising awareness on road safety the programme provided wellness testing for bus and truck drivers and members of the public. Over the two days 300 people including 56 school children were reached with messages on road safety and 55 people participated in the wellness tests. The event was covered in the national press and broadcast on national television.

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Wellness tests during the Botswana campaign

Sandvik Mining and Construction Zimbabwe visit Stockholm

Sandvik Mining and Construction Zimbabwe was the winner of the SWHAP Achievement Award for Most Comprehensive Programme 2015. The award was in recognition of the company’s comprehensive approach to addressing the health of employees and outstanding efforts in community outreach and mentoring suppliers and customers. As part of the prize Sandvik Zimbabwe Territory Director Ian Bagshaw and Workers Committee Chair Amos Limbani travelled to Sweden to meet with Sandvik in Stockholm and Sandviken as well as NIR and IF Metall.

From left Ian Bagshaw, Managing Director Sandvik Mining and Construction Zimbabwe, Matts Berge, HR Manager for Global Sales Sandvik AB, Amos Limbani, Workers Committee Chair Sandvik Mining and Construction Zimbabwe, Edith Maziofa-Tapfuma, Regional Coordinator SWHAP and Conny Rask, Media Relations Manager Sandvik Mining

From left Ian Bagshaw, Territory Manager Sandvik Mining and Construction Zimbabwe, Matts Berge, HR Manager for Global Sales Sandvik AB, Amos Limbani, Workers’ Committee Chair Sandvik Mining and Construction Zimbabwe, Edith Maziofa-Tapfuma, Regional Coordinator SWHAP and Conny Rask, Media Relations Manager Sandvik Mining, during a tour of Sandvik in Sandviken.

During an interactive meeting attended by members of NIR and the SWHAP team, Sandvik shared how they are addressing gender within their workplace and community. Sandvik has partnered with a local women’s shelter and gender advocacy organisation, Musasa Project, to run a workplace programme addressing the impact of social media on sexual harassment. Sandvik also donated 60 sewing machines to the organisation for use in its income generation project for survivors of gender based violence.

Additionally, Sandvik Zimbabwe highlighted how the company’s community outreach programme is enabling them to reach spouses of employees with Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) training as well as providing access to income generation projects. Sandvik Zimbabwe is also supporting youth in and out of schools to access Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), giving them a better chance of securing employment. The training includes a life skills session where age appropriate information on HIV and AIDS is shared.

The SWHAP Achievement Award was conceived in 2008 in order to encourage workplaces to strive for greater success in their programmes and to reward outstanding efforts. Read the motivations here

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Ian Bagshaw and Amos Limbani from Sandvik Mining and Construction Zimbabwe next to a statue of Göran Fredrik Göransson, founder of Sandvik.