The SWHAP networking platforms that bring together key groups (management, Peer Educators, occupational health practitioners, and steering committee members) responsible for implementing and driving workplace programmes have been identified as a key strength of the Programme.
Already this year, over 90 senior level managers have participated in network training in Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania, and 100 Peer Educators exchanged experiences in meetings held in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In East Africa, the network meetings focused on integrating tuberculosis (TB) responses within workplace HIV and wellness programmes. This was after a national survey, released last year, showed that the TB burden in Kenya was higher than previously estimated and that over 40% of TB cases in the country remain undetected. The meetings were held in partnership with the Centre for Health Solutions and included management from SWHAP partner companies and their value chains.
The gathering in Mozambique brought together companies implementing programmes through SWHAP, ECoSIDA members as well as representatives from unions and the government. It provided an opportunity for participants to share their experiences and challenges and to learn about Vodacom Mozambique’s experience in setting up a workplace wellness programme. The meeting successfully concluded with companies from the SWHAP network promising to submit their plans for the second year of their programmes.
Peer Educator Networks -Southern Africa
Peer Educators (including spouse peer educators) in Zimbabwe and Zambia used Valentine’s day to nurture healthy relationships, encourage self-care and share coping strategies for dealing with divorce and blended families. In Zimbabwe, the Peer Educators were joined by Tendayi Kateketa Westerhof, Country Coordinator, Pan African Positive Women’s Coalition – Zimbabwe (PAPWC) who talked about positive health, dignity and prevention. Tendai is on treatment and has been living positively for the last 17 years and now has an undetectable viral load.
In total over 100 Peer Educators from Sandvik, Epiroc, SKF, Scanlink and their supply chain counterparts benefitted from the training.
Read a case study on the SWHAP networking platforms here.