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30 November 2011

Workplace wellness in a time of HIV/Aids

Since HIV/Aids affects the bulk of SA's working population, World Aids Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the status of the fight against the epidemic in the workplace.

HIV/Aids remains the number one cause of death amongst South Africans between 15 and 50 years old. Since this includes the bulk of South Africa's working population, World Aids Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the status of the fight against the epidemic in the South African workplace.

If South Africa is to achieve a zero rate of HIV infection in the workplace, "corporates need to align themselves with the various initiatives and programmes that government is running, and even be a step ahead, evolving innovative approaches to managing the epidemic where they can," says Dr Lerato Motshudi of Alexander Forbes Health.

  • Self awareness
  • Addressing policies
  • Identifying high risk areas
  • Education and training
  • Care and support
  • Communicating results of the programme

  1. A lower HIV infection rate in the workplace
  2. Fewer deaths

 
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