Workplace HIV/AIDS education session for Maldives Ports Limited, 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 organization currently comprise of 27 employees.

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 facilitator for the session was Ms. Hawwa Afrau from SHE counseling department. The session was held at MPL training hall.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION:

The session was initiated by asking questions from the group to evaluate how much knowledge the employees had before the session began. To increase the interaction amongst the participants and to further enhance the understanding of how HIV and other STI could be transmitted from one person to another, a transmission game was conducted.

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.

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”.

During the end of the workshop, condom demonstration was provided to employees.

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 38 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

00.00

00.00

650.00

350.00

2 Hall rent

5,100.00

3,800.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

3800.00

3 Refreshment

9,562.50

2,000.00

00.00

00.00

2,000.00

00.00

4 Transportation

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

25.00

-25.00

TOTAL

17,212.50

6,800.00

00.00

00.00

2,675.00

4,125.00

 

 

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