SWHAP was started in Kenya in January 2006. Since its launch, SWHAP has partnered with 12 companies, namely: Amazon Motors (Volvo), Assa Abloy, Atlas Copco, Ericsson, Hemocue, Raffia Bags, Sandvik, Scania, SKF, Tamarind Translations, Tetra Pak and Volvo Auto Sueco. Taken together, these companies employ approximately 1039 people including 186 women. The companies have comprehensive structured programmes with an average Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) uptake of 63%. It has become a regular culture for the companies to conduct awareness and VCT more than once a year. From policy to practice, SWHAP in Kenya has realised impact on stigma reduction at the workplace, where employees are freer to talk about HIV and AIDS. There has also been a positive effect on the uptake of services. Some companies have used their experience to mentor their suppliers and customers to establish their own structured programmes. This has seen more than 12 additional companies taking up the initiative. In addition, SWHAP in Kenya has partnered with the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union supporting the mentorship of nine companies to develop workplace HIV and AIDS programmes.
At country level, SWHAP in Kenya is recognised as a strategic partner in the private sector response to HIV and AIDS. SWHAP is a member of Private Sector Partners on HIV and AIDS (PSPA), which coordinates and reports on HIV and AIDS responses in the formal private sector. Additionally, SWHAP participates in the annual national CEO testing campaigns contributing to the strategic planning process and implementation of the campaign.
Some SWHAP partners are members of Neighbours against HIV/AIDS, an initiative which organises joint outreach activities to the community where the businesses operate. SWHAP partners have successfully organised medical camps where hundreds of slum residents benefitted from free medical assistance including access to VCT.
For more information contact Kenya Country Coordinator, Mr Daniel Mwaura.