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The business community is in a unique position to make a difference in facing up to the epidemic by developing workplace programmes for HIV/AIDS and STDs. This section provides an excellent framework for dialogue and creates a platform for partnership at the workplace. Many organisations have excellent toolkits to assist business in achieving its goals.
SABCOHA Workplace HIV/AIDS Toolkit
Despite documented effects on the economy, businesses still greatly underestimate the impact of HIV/AIDS. Click here for more information. SABCOHA has established in conjunction with the Bureau for Economic Research that many businesses have no policy or programme in place. Given limited capacity and tight financial conditions, many businesses feel overwhelmed and are unsure of where to start.
To overcome this problem, SABCOHA has produced a comprehensive Toolkit as a step-by-step guide - especially for small and medium sized businesses (50-300 employees) - to assist in formulating and implementing a workplace HIV/AIDS programme. It also gives bigger businesses, which may have internal policies in place but whose supply chains are threatened by HIV/AIDS, the opportunity to engage smaller partners and associates, and extend assistance by providing them with the Toolkit. The basic framework of the Toolkit is taken from best practice programmes of Unilever and Standard Bank, who are members of SABCOHA.
The Toolkit contains a number of key components, including:
World Economic Forum's Global Health Initiative (GHI)
The GHI aims to increase the quantity and quality of business engagement in fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. To achieve this goal, the GHI partners with the Forum's 1 000 member companies, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Stop TB, Harvard University and Aid for AIDS (Afa) to develop and communicate corporate best practices in the areas of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The documents listed below are part of the GHI's efforts to improve the quality as well as the quantity of the private sector's efforts to combat these diseases. The GHI has developed guidelines that help businesses manage HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the workplace and in local communities, including:
Click here to access the Tools for Business on the WEF website:
Best Practice Guidelines
The Global Health Initiative (GHI) works in partnership with organizations such as the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Stop TB, Harvard University and Aid for AIDS to develop and communicate corporate best practices in the areas of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The documents below are part of the GHI's efforts to improve the quality as well as the quantity of the private sector's efforts to combat these diseases:
Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI)
The AHI has published guidelines to provide organisations with a plan of action to address the issue of HIV/AIDS and STDs. The business community in general and the South African business community in particular is in a unique position to make a difference in facing this new challenge, by developing workplace programmes for HIV/AIDS and STDs. This document represents an excellent framework for dialogue and creates a platform for partnership at the workplace. With the commitment and dedication of all parties involved, the Guidelines will help the business community face the many challenges of HIV/AIDS and reduce its impact in the workplace and in the communities around it.
Click here to see the Foreword on their website:
The following information is available:
Click here to view the AHIs HIV/AIDS website
Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD)
HEARD was established in January 1998 by the University of Natal. HEARD aims to ensure that the University of Natal remains at the forefront of the study of health economics, with special reference to the economic, social and demographic implications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The following toolkits have been developed.
As part of the current USAID project, "Operationalising HIV/AIDS Issues For Development", which started early in 1998, HEARD identified a need for a much wider, expanded and more detailed series of documents.
These were to encompass more aspects of AIDS interventions and preventions and would be targeted at specific groups. There are 11 Toolkits, seven aimed at standard government ministries or departments, and four which are general in character, so that any given Ministry's complete Toolkit would comprise five documents: that for (for example) the Ministry of Education, plus the four that explain and expand on the Toolkit theme with frequent cross-references to the specific Ministry booklet.
Local government tooklet:
The Toolkit was developed to assist Local Government in South Africa to define their role in the Partnership Against AIDS and to initiate their responses to the epidemic. The Partnership Against HIV and AIDS was launched with the publishing of the Partnership against AIDS declaration.
Click here to view the declaration on the government website:
The toolkit was developed following interviews with key stakeholders from business, unions, NGOs and with Local and Provincial Government officials in KwaZulu-Natal. The interviews focused on the role of Local Governments in general and in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and what Local Government would need in terms of resources, partnerships and technical assistance to mount effective responses to HIV/AIDS.
Click here to view the local government toolkit on the HEARD website:
Click here to download the toolkiton the HEARD website:
Click here to read more about HEARD: