SABCOHA has from the outset shown support for the governments strategy on combating HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB and plays a key role in the revived South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). The partnerships it has formed with two provincial governments the Gauteng and Eastern Cape governments - have been mutually beneficial. SABCOHA also partners the Department of Health in its condom distribution programme.
Eastern Cape government
SABCOHA has partnered with the Eastern Cape government, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, the Automotive Industry Development Corporation, InWEnt and VWSA in implementing HIV/AIDS strategies in the motor, construction and agricultural industries. SABCOHA is partnering VWSA in a supply chain project setting up HIV/AIDS programmes in seven automative component suppliers to VWSA. SABCOHA has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Automotive Industry Development Centre to maximise the roll-out of HIV/AIDS programmes to companies in the automative industry.
The Gauteng governments Multi-sectoral AIDS Unit has sought to mobilise the whole community in HIV/AIDS prevention and care. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Gauteng government, unions and SABCOHA to formalise co-operation between all parties on workplace HIV/AIDS responses, is in the offing. The intention is to share expertise and increase links between workplace programmes and the communities in which employees live, where similar services are required. SABCOHA, which is represented on the Gauteng Aids Council, has worked hand-in-hand with the provincial government, as well as with trade unions, to help with the practical implementation of workplace programmes to lessen the impact of AIDS on businesses, small and medium enterprises and government.
SABCOHA has received a grant from the Gauteng department of health to train 440 micro enterprise owners in the Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Metsweding areas under the BizAIDS umbrella project. The coalition is contacting the HIV/AIDS co-ordinators in these municipalities to introduce BizAIDS to them. The project runs from 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009. BizAIDS is a tool to help very small and micro enterprises owners prepare for HIV/AIDS and related emergencies. Click here for more information on the project.
A Workplace AIDS Indaba, held in May 2005, brought together SABCOHA representatives, union federations and the International Labour Organisation, among other players, to share information and chart a way forward.
South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)
SABCOHA continues to play a key role in the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) as the business sector representative on the council. SANAC, comprised of government and civil sector representatives, is the co-ordinating body through which resources from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria are channelled. SABCOHA strives to play a supportive role at all times to the council.
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