By Global Business Coalition on HIV AIDS
Businesses can't forget about HIV; it's a enterprise factor challenging a reaction now and influencing long term strategic making plans. HIV an infection between staff poses an important probability to operational balance and destiny profitability. This learn outlines how 3 significant businesses working in South Africa have well-known either the demanding situations HIV poses and their ethical accountability of care, and feature applied courses to regard and take care of staff and their households.
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If we’re to strive for excellence, we cannot operate as an island in a sea of chaos,” says Hechter. 33 33 33 UNAIDS The company’s individual operations tend to have developed their own community initiatives, usually in partnership with a number of stakeholders such as local government, nongovernmental organizations and other businesses. The Hillside smelter at Richard’s Bay, KwaZulu Natal, for example, is involved in the development of Amangue Village. This will provide a community health centre in a community with high rates of HIV and AIDS, poverty and unemployment, as well as a first-class hospital for people living with HIV.
But many of Eskom’s employees still resist being tested because of the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS. To address stigma, Eskom is working with the Horizons Programme (a global HIV and AIDS operations research programme) and Development Research Africa on an intervention programme in KwaZulu-Natal. Qualitative research has been carried out to explore how stigma and discrimination become apparent in the workplace, family and community. The goal is to contribute to developing appropriate quantitative measures to measure the depth of stigma; and to provide the basis for creating stigma-reduction interventions.
Confidential voluntary counselling and testing was widely available within the companies, but people were reluctant to come forward because of the stigma attached to HIV and AIDS. Company policies and programmes aimed to counteract stigma and discrimination, but it takes time to eradicate such culture-bound attitudes. Interestingly, a survey carried out among some Eskom employees showed that they were more fearful of discrimination from their peers than from the company itself. For similar reasons, all three companies decided to provide antiretroviral therapy for their employees (although not necessarily also for family members).