05/09/2008

ILO sees a significant improvement in Workplace attitudes to HIV/AIDS

A significant increase in supportive attitudes at the workplace towards
co-workers living with HIV as well as greater acceptance of condoms and other
preventive measures are being registered around the world as a result of
effective HIV policies and practices, according to a new report by the
International Labour Office (ILO).

The new report, entitled "Saving lives, Protecting jobs", prepared by the ILO
Programme on HIV/AIDS in the world of work was presented today to the U.S.
Department of Labor, the ILO's funding partner in the Strategic HIV/AIDS
Responses in Enterprises (SHARE) project. The report summarizes the activities
of the ILO SHARE project currently active in over 650 workplaces in 24
countries, covering almost one million workers.

The report tracks changes in attitudes related to HIV and presents a series of
good practices and data collected from workplaces, ministries of labour,
employers' and workers' organizations collaborating with the ILO.

"SHARE helps to protect the ILO's constituents from HIV, which challenges the
implementation of its decent work agenda." said Dr Sophia Kisting, Director of
the ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the world of work. "Several countries offer
outstanding examples of how they address HIV/AIDS using the workplace for
prevention, care and support, and tackle stigma and discrimination", she added.

Success in developing HIV policies is firmly rooted in the collaboration
between workers' and their employers'. The report highlights a number of
policies on HIV/AIDS at the enterprise and national levels including instances
where policies are included in collective bargaining agreements. Overall, 16 of
the 24 countries where SHARE is implementing projects have adopted a national
tripartite policy or declaration on HIV and the world of work. With 33.2
million people globally living with HIV, the majority of whom are still working
and in their most productive years, the workplace is a unique entry point in
addressing HIV/AIDS.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: International Labour Office (ILO)