Improving the Accessibility of HIV and Wellness Testing for Employees

Between July and September eight companies from Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe ran wellness days improving employee access to HIV and wellness testing. HIV testing services are an essential gateway to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, and central to achieving the 90-90-90 targets.

SWHAP East Africa Region

In the second week of September, Gold Crown (a Shreeji Chemicals mentee company) partnered with the Mombasa County Government to provide access to HIV counselling and testing services for its employees and community. In total, 330 people were tested for HIV. For 73 people this testing opportunity was the first time they learnt of their HIV status. All those who tested positive were referred for treatment at local health centres. Earlier in the year Gold Crown also held TB screening and financial wellness workshops for its employees.

HIV counselling and testing at Gold Crown

Shreeji Chemicals themselves also held a wellness day in August where female condom demonstrations were part of the awareness activities.

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Tamarind Translations provided HIV and biometric screening for its staff achieving 100% testing uptake. The Company invited suppliers and partners to the celebrations. The wellness day was followed by a team-building retreat with a focus on physical activity and wellness.

Tamarind Translations wellness day in August

SWHAP Southern Africa Region

Ericsson Zimbabwe held a wellness day on 29 July providing its employees, and those from neighbouring companies, with an opportunity to update their health risk profiles. Ericsson were commended for facilitating the wellness programme which allowed employees to know their HIV status. Knowing one’s status is critical for promoting behaviour change amongst those who test negative and providing timely access to care, treatment and support services for those who test positive.

Condom distribution at Ericsson Zimbabwe

Volvo Titanium Motors Zambia held testing on 4 September

The Verde Azul Mozambique wellness day was a family affair with testing for HIV, diabetes, hypertension and cancer screening available for employees and their family.  Other services included family planning information, eye tests, dental care and exercise sessions. Over 100 people from the community attended the wellness day.

Also, in Mozambique, Epiroc held two wellness days, one on 15 September for staff in Tete, and another on 28 September for their Maputo colleagues. As well as providing opportunities for testing both sessions emphasized the importance of exercise for good health.

South Africa

Turnkey Hydraulics, a company under the Sandvik mentorship programme, held its second wellness day on 24 August. Forty-seven employees participated in the wellness activities. The focus of the wellness day was on substance abuse prevention with simulations showing effects of, for example, alcohol abuse using special goggles as demonstrated in the image below.

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