Workplace HIV/AIDS education session held for the employees of Prosecutor Generals Office, 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 attendees consisted of 26 members from Prosecutor’s General Office. The workshop spanned for a little over 2 hours and included fundamental information on STIs and HIV/AIDS, a comprehensive how to 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 in Prosecutor’s Generals office meeting room.

DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKSHOP:

Programme Associate, Asna Luthfee initiated the workshop with an introductory speech on the purpose of training and welcomes the participants. An introduction of Global Fund in the Maldives was also given 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 Ramsha A.Sattar: BCC Officer. After the presentation, a discussion on the transmission and prevention methods was undertaken lead by the participants. Also in the end the group came in to the conclusion 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.

The Programme Associate then continues the workshop with a further discussion of risk associated with different activities asking the participants to differentiate the activities into classes of increasing risk for HIV/AIDS transmission.

In between the activities the team stresses 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. They 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. 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.

The BCC Officer then continues with the importance of safe sex and condom use and discusses issues with condoms within society and the workplace. 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.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

No

Detail

Allocated Budget (MRF)

Actuals (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

GF

Other

1

Hall rent

1700.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1700.00

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

2

Refreshment

1500.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1500.00

The PG office provided refreshments
TOTAL

3200.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

3200.00

 

 

 

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