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HIV/AIDS pilot project

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Self Empowerment International


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Self-Empowerment International (SEI) were appointed by MERSETA to conduct a pilot project on assisting small and medium-sized enterprises to develop an HIV/AIDS strategy for their workplace. The pilot project was conducted for 37 companies. Key findings include: 48.7% (19) of the participating employers indicated that they have a policy in place but only 12.8% (5) have a strategic plan in place. Many of those with a policy in place indicated that it had not been updated in at least the past two years. 25.6% (10) of the participating employers indicated that they had assessed prevalence in their workforce. The prevalence estimates ranged from 3% to 15% with an average in the order of 10%. Approximately half the employers have some form of onsite care through a clinic service or nursing sister (visiting or permanent) and this is a good starting point for implementing general and HIV specific wellness interventions. Adult Basic Education and Training, Performance Management, Remuneration review and Succession planning are the least frequently offered programmes.

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