Workplace HIV/AIDS education session for employees of Department of Gender and Family Protection Services (DGFPS), 2011

NARRATIVE REPORT

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.

Since its inception, in 1988, the Society for Health Education (SHE) continues to explore options and means to enhance the quality of life of Maldivian families. The organization reaffirms its commitment to sustain these initiatives, and to further increasing public awareness on issues that influence family well-being. Effectiveness of health promotion initiatives will be ensured by adopting applicable service delivery mechanisms, fostering improvements in reproductive health parameters, continuing thalassaemia prevention activities, promoting responsible parenthood concepts, facilitating empowerment of women and youth, supporting victims of abuse, extending counseling to adolescent and families, and encouraging community ownership of development.

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 SHE’s Global Fund team. Supplies and materials were prepared. The session was facilitated by SHE Global fund staff and Ms. Aishath Rameela from SHE Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) department. The session was held at DGFPS training hall.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION:

The session began with introductory game called the Hand Shake Game. All participants are asked to shake hands and introduce one another. Afterwards, they were asked whether they have glitter or disco in their hands. If they have discos, which means that they have come in contact with HIV. The important part of the game was that none of the participants were able to identify from whom they received the virus. However, this showed the speed by which the virus can be transmitted from one person to the next, as well not being able to pin point on the original person.

Next, a short presentation of the HIV/AIDS was given which mainly highlighted on the following:

  • What is HIV/AIDS?
  • Window Period
  • Modes of transmission
  • Preventive measures
  • Myths & Misconceptions regarding HIV/AIDS

The participants made many inquiries, specially on the transmission of HIV from a mother to a baby and the effectiveness of condom as a preventive method. The finding of the Biological and Behavioral Survey (BBS) conducted in the year 2008 was also shared with the participants.

Afterwards, a session on Sexually Transmitted Infections was conducted. Participants were given information on the most commonly found STI’s in Maldives and around the world. Individual signs and symptoms of the infections were explained as well as the preventive measures to be taken.

Following the information, Risk game was conducted. The purpose of this game is to understand the facts, myths and misconceptions regarding HIV and other STIs.

The participants are arranged in a circle and then given a piece of paper with a statement They were then asked read the statement out loud and place the piece of paper in either one of the categories; High Risk, Low risk and No risk.

This exercise gave a chance for all participants to discuss upon their views and come clear of the myths and misconceptions

The discussion then leads off to the importance of partner treatment as well as 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 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:

  • A total of 16 employees participated in the session.
  • Participants took part enthusiastically throughout the whole workshop.
  • The facilitators and the participants all enjoyed the 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 in APB 2011 (MRF)

Estimated Budget (MRF)

Actual (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

IPPF

GF

1

Training material cost/Stationery

2,550.00

1,000.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

2550.00

2

Hall rent

5,100.00

3,800.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

5100.00

3

Refreshment

9,562.50

2,000.00

0.00

0.00

1155.00

8407.50

4

Transportation

00.00

00.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

TOTAL

17,212.50

6,800.00

0.00

0.00

1155.00

16,057.5

 

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