Workplace HIV education session for staff of Maris Construction, 2010

NARRATIVE REPORT

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This half day workshop was conducted to assess needs of the Maldivian workplace in regard to HIV/AIDS and convey the societal significance of HIV/AIDS in the workplace as part of the company policy for the benefit of both employers and their employees. The company, Maris Construction Private Limited is a construction company comprising of 7 employees located in central office and 141 expatriate workers located in Male’ and inter atoll. 3 employees attended this session. The session spanned for a little over 2 hours and included fundamental information on STIs and HIV/AIDS, a comprehensive of needs assessments, open discussions and importance of HIV/AIDS programs in the Maldives and in the workplace.

DEVELOPING THE WORKSHOP:

The workplace was planned by the SHE’s Global Fund team. Supplies and materials were prepared. The meeting was held at SHE building 2nd Floor meeting room.

DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKSHOP:

Programme Assistant, Mariyam Shifneeza initiated the workshop with an introductory speech on the purpose of training and welcomes the participants. The agenda was run through. An introduction of Global Fund in the Maldives was given by Programme Associate Asna Luthfee with the information about SHE component including objectives and targets.

This was then followed up by a short presentation of information on STIs and HIV/AIDS by Dr. Mausooma Kamaludheen. As the presentations continued, the participants voiced their views.

  1. They understood that the medical tests which the expatriates have to do 15 days on entry into the country is not valid, as the window period lasts for three months.
  2. The participants themselves have believed misconceptions to be facts..

Dr. Mausooma cleared the doubts and explained why so many behaviours like sharing food or living with a person having HIV carry no threat of transmission and actually how difficult it is to get into contact with HIV through our behaviour. She then continued with the importance of safe sex and condom use and discusses issues with condoms within society and the workplace.

After a break the sessions resumed and Ms. Mariyam Shifneeza, addressed on the importance of incorporating HIV prevention knowledge in the workplace as incidences can occur in the workplaces that ask for such information to be available or known to employees. Also highlighted how important it is that workers know about Voluntary Counselling and Testing and how thorough awareness on HIV/AIDS will eliminate stigma and discrimination amongst PLWHAs. She also informed Information related to VCT centers and methodology involved is given so that participants understand the mechanisms in place and how it can help the situation of HIV/AIDS. Highlighted notion was given to the fact that SHE is planning to establish a VCT within two to three months.  The discussion then leads off to the “General Rights and Responsibilities of Employee and Employers” and “Universal Precautions“drawing from the “ILO code of practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work”.

EVALUATION OF THE WORKSHOP:

The session ends on the note of the participants discussing the benefits of the workshop and the importance of such sessions within the workplace given that the Maldives has recently become a signatory to the ILO regulations.

Achievements:

  • The facilitators and the participants all enjoyed the workshop.
  • Participants took part enthusiastically throughout the whole workshop.
  • The Participants highlighted gained knowledge at the end and acknowledged the importance of Workplace Policies to safeguard worker rights.
  • Participants requested for distribution materials for the company expatriate staff.
  • The participants agreed to keep in contact and refer their expatriate staff in such cases to SHE to seek advice from.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

No

Detail

Allocated Budget (MRF)

Actuals (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

GF

Other

1

Hall rent

2160.00

00.00

0.00

00.00

2160.00

This workshop was conducted in SHE office, thereby, no cost was involved.

2

Refreshment

1000.00

00.00

440.00

00.00

560.00

Refreshment was budgeted for 20 pax initially; however, it was catered for 10 pax.

3

Training Materials

500.00

00.00

0.00

00.00

500.00

There were extra materials in office from the Partnership meeting held on the 20th June 2010

TOTALS

3660.00

00.00

440.00

00.00

3220.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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