SWHAP in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and HIV/AIDS Kenya supported a private sector partners’ consultative forum on workplace HIV and AIDS programmes. This was with a view towards contributing to the development of the new National Strategic Framework (Kenya and AIDS strategic framework for 2014/5- 2018/9). Participants at the meeting included, SWHAP partners, representatives from the Kenya National Aids Control Council (NACC), affiliate Unions of the Central Organisation of Trade Union (COTU) and other private sector partners.
During the course of the meeting SWHAP discussed cost sharing strategies and the SWHAP catalytic co-funding model that gradually encourages companies to invest and budget for their programmes. Resource allocation was identified as a gap in current HIV response making sustainable financing one of the focus areas of the new framework. Other gaps of particular concern to the private sector were a lack of strategic information and appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools. Participants recommended research in cost benefit analysis of programmes, the development of clear guidelines for mainstreaming HIV activities within organisations and further action in addressing HIV as a human rights issue.
SWHAP in Kenya is a member of the Private Sector Partners on HIV and AIDS (PSPA), a body which coordinates and reports on HIV and AIDS responses in the formal private sector. The organisation has achieved significant success in containing new infections within companies they work with and building strong networks.