The HIV and AIDS epidemic has become a global crisis affecting all levels of society. Increasingly affected is the business world, which is suffering not only from the human cost to the workforce but also in terms of losses in profits and productivity that result in many new challenges for both employers and employees. HIV and AIDS are having a direct and indirect impact on business. In southern Africa, it is estimated that more than 20% of the economically active population in the 15â€“49-year-old age group are infected with HIV. Employers are experiencing reduced productivity as a result of employee absenteeism, illness and death. Consequently, employers are being challenged to manage the impact of HIV and AIDS in the workplace, which include dealing with issues of stigma and discrimination and developing comprehensive workplace policies and programmes.
As a response to HIV and AIDS several sectors, sub-sectors and private sector organizations in Zimbabwe have developed and started implementing HIV workplace policies and programmes. Sector wide policies have been developed for the Public Sector, agriculture, textile, mining, transport, Energy, motor industry, the SME, and the informal sectors. In scaling-up the workplace response NAC is working in close collaboration with key players in the workplace who include International Labour Organisation, UNAIDS, Public Service Commission, Ministry of Labour and Social Services, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Zimbabwe Business Council on AIDS and relevant Civil Society Organisations.
For more information about the HIV and AIDS workplace response view or download the documents below.
|Workplace Policy and Programme Development Guide.pdf||721.41 KB|
|Zimbabwe Statutory instrument 202 of 98.pdf||70.06 KB|