Workplace HIV session for Mark Company Pvt. Ltd, 2010

NARRATIVE REPORT

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This 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, Mark Company Private Limited is a construction company comprising of 7 employees located in central office and 35 expatriate workers located in Male’ and inter atoll. 4 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 facilitator for the session was Mr. Hameed from National AIDS programme. The session was held at SHE building 3rd Floor meeting room.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION:

Programme Assistant, Mariyam Shifneeza initiated the session 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 with the information about SHE component including objectives and targets.

The facilitator for the session Mr. Hassan Hameed, Senior Health Officer for National AIDS programme initiated the session by asking questions from the group regarding HIV/AIDS to find out how much knowledge they have. For which most of the questions were asked correctly.

Next Mr. Hameed gave a short presentation of information on STIs and HIV/AIDS. The Biological and Behavioral Survey conducted in the year 2008 was shared with the participants. The group asked questions regarding the doubts that came up during the presentation, to which Mr. Hameed answered.

After wards, Mr. Hameed conducted a Risk game; a stack of cards consisting of high, low and No risks based statements on HIV/AIDS were distributed to the participants. Each participant was then asked to place a statement they have received into the categories which they felt the statement belonged. As the participants continued to place the cards, Mr. Hameed, explained why the statements belong to the category. This way the existing knowledge on HIV/AIDS among the participants was enhanced, and they gained the right information.

Following the game, he then 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. He 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”.

The participants made some inquiries, such as;

  • Will SHE be able to conduct programmes in S. Addu atoll, since that region of the Maldives consists of the second largest population next to Male’?

Ms. Shifneeza informed them that SHE is targeting to this region

  • Can SHE conduct programmes for their Expatriate staff?
  • They were informed that SHE already has 15 Migrant peer educators who conducts outreach programmes within their population.

EVALUATION OF THE SESSION:

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:

  • Participants took part enthusiastically throughout the whole workshop.
  • The Participants highlighted gained knowledge at the end and acknowledged the importance 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.
  • The participant requested for programmes to be conducted for their expatriate staff through a peer educator.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

No

Detail

Allocated Budget (MRF)

Actuals (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

GF

Other

1

Hall rent

0.00

0.00

1300.00

0.00

-1300.00

SHE hall was already booked thereby, needed to rent out a hall.

2

Refreshment

9562.50 (for 6 sessions)

0.00

400.00

0.00

9162.50

3

Training Materials

7650.00 (for 6 sessions)

0.00

130.00

0.00

7520.00

TOTALS

17212.50

0.00

1830.00

0.00

17,982.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 comment
  1. Huda on Jan 10, 2012 :

    conducting such sessions reinforces the importance and severity of HIV in workplace. keeping public involved is the key to promote a safer workplace enviornment.

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