In the run-up to World AIDS Day SWHAP organised two private sector conferences in Kenya and Tanzania. The objectives of the conferences were to; disseminate SWHAP experiences in engaging the private sector in the HIV and AIDS response; share best practice, and discuss sustainable financing of the HIV response.
In Kenya, SWHAP partnered with the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the National Aids Control Council (NACC), bringing together 60 participants from 39 organisations. Under the theme, ‘Milestones and new opportunities in workplace HIV/AIDS and wellness programmes” conference delegates explored opportunities for new partnerships towards the national HIV response. In response to the high number of new infections amongst the youth, delegates also looked at the ways in which the private sector could help in stemming infections within this group. Participants discussed sustainable HIV financing in light of funding gaps exposed when the country crossed the lower-middle income threshold. Representatives from two organisations, Tamarind Translations Limited (a SWHAP partner) and Tata Chemicals Limited, presented case studies on their programmes looking at key success factors and how they were addressing challenges.
The conference was a success with participants agreeing to explore joint HIV and wellness initiatives for 2018 based on shared interests and structures.
The conference in Tanzania was held in collaboration with the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) and Trade Union Congress of Tanzania. Besides CEOs from various companies, the conference was attended by high profile delegates including the UNAIDS country representative, the Regional ILO Coordinator, the Director of the ATE, the Secretary General of TUCTA, the Director of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation and the Director of the Tanzania Aids Commission.