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NGOS are a Workplace- Walk the Talk HIV and AIDS Workplace Policies and Programmes for NGOs. Why should an NGO have a WPP?. The HIV epidemic. The HIV epidemic is one of the most serious challenges facing NGOs in the world today.
HIV and AIDSWorkplace Policies and Programmes for NGOs
Internal Domain (addressing staff risks: vulnerabilities to HIV infection)
External Domain (organisation is involved in HIV intervention outside the company)
In this presentation I will focus on the Internal Domain which we call Internal Mainstreaming.
It focuses on the vulnerability and risks of the organisation itself and on the people within the organisation.
ARE YOU AT RISK OF HIV/AIDS? NGO staff working in HIV HAVE A VERY LOW RISK PERCEPTION. Check this with your staff do a KAPB
Frequent travel- (noone can see me)
Money (cash, car, cellphones)
Low risk perception
Low knowledge levels about HIV
HIV is just a job
Workplace policies are governed by the International Labour Organisation Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS.
7. Monitor &
6. Launch, disseminate
4. Draft Policy
Policy Task Team
2. Consult &
Problem Identification Involves a KAPB:
- Assessment of work related risk
- How many or our staff could be infected?
- If we were to lose half of our staff to HIV, would this affect our work?
- How many of our staff know about preventing and coping with HIV and AIDS?
- What beliefs exist within the staff that can affect sexual behaviours?
- What are the Information needs?
DO NOT wait for a crisis!
The right to privacy
The right to be free from discrimination
The right to liberty and security of the person
The right to be free from inhumane and degrading treatment
The right to health
The right to work under equitable and satisfactory conditions
The right to equality
Training and re-insertion options;
Benefits, including early retirement options, medical and funeral coverage;
Scope for negotiation on those issues;
Grievance and disciplinary procedures;
Implementation / enforcement bodies and links to existing labour inspection systems;
Assistance for compliance and penalties for violation.
A Task Team is an important way of ensuring that processes continue.
The Task Team must include representatives from each unit in the organisation, including management and finance.
The role of the Task Team:
Oversee the development of the policy
Mostly responsible for policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Organise prevention activities and events.
Develop guidelines on how the policy should be operationalised.
Report back to staff and management
Review policy as it is being developed
Provide referral service
Policy Framework to include:
Assessment - consultant fees
Personnel Costs- Focal person, relief staff, speakers
Provision of ARVs
Home Based Care
Establish clear grievance procedure
6. Disclosure and Confidentiality
5. If you have a person living openly with HIV and AIDS they can become a permanent Task Team member.
6. Produce financial reports on expenditures for accountability.
7. Document the processes, challenges and lessons learnt.
8. Review the policy annually to incorporate new needs.
Time constrains -NGOs are normally under staffed and overworked
Small budgets and short term funding
Poor culture among NGOs of taking care of own staff
Lack of funding to support admin some NGOs have no medical aid
Donors do not consider NGOs as workplaces
How to deal with positive staff-illnesses, long term ARVs in the face of short term funding, performances and termination
Mrs. Lois Chingandu