The SWHAP was launched in Harare 1 February 2007. The launch was attended by senior executives, employees and HIV and Aids committee representatives from six of the participating Zimbabwe partners in the programme. Mr. Göran Engstrand, counselor at the Swedish Embassy, gave brief remarks on the situation of HIV and Aids in Zimbabwe and the role of the workplace in fighting the epidemic.

Atlas Copco, Assa Abloy (Chubbs), Dyno Nobel, Ericom Communications, Sandvik Mining and Construction Zimba-bwe, Scanlink, TUSILAGO and REVCO Zimbabwe participate in the SWHAP network in Zimbabwe. Together they employ more than 800 persons. The SWHAP companies provide VCT on a regular basis and they hold different HIV awareness sessions with the staff and for partners, but also for Chief Executives and Board Members. Policy training, peer training and peer counseling skills training for committees and new Peer Educators and management representatives are among the activities organised. There are also on-site awareness sessions conducted at the companies and family wellness days, where VCT services have been provided.

SWHAP Zimbabwe established a quarterly partners’ network forum which was launched in April 2007. The forum targeted top executives, human resources managers, and employee representatives with the aim of creating dialogue on health issues between employers and employees. The forum sought to comprehensively address topical issues and challenges posed to businesses and the communities in which they operate by the HIV and Aids epidemic.

For more information contact Zimbabwe Country Coordinator Ms Edith Maziofa.