www.awf.org To officially acknowledge the seriousness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. To ensure an open and fair approach in addressing HIV/AIDS in the workplace. Provide organizational guidelines for management of HIV-positive employees. Comprehensive, proactive HIV/AIDS workplace programs, and leadership in implementing such programs. AWF HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy Purpose
www.awf.org Guiding Principles AWF does not discriminate against employees with HIV/AIDS Safe healthy work environment; recognition that HIV is not transmitted through casual contact Treat HIV/AIDS the same as other illnesses in terms of employee policies and benefits HIV-positive employees are allowed to work as long as they are able to perform their duties
www.awf.org Implementation principals AWF will provide reasonable accommodations for those who are qualified to perform the essential functions of their positions. Recognizing the need for all employees to be accurately informed about HIV/AIDS, AWF will take a leadership role in facilitating continuous HIV/AIDS education and awareness. Non-discrimination policy by co-workers towards employees who are HIV-positive. Confidentiality concerning HIV status of employees will be strictly adhered to. AWF maintains an “open door” policy encouraging our staff to approach management to discuss concerns and obtain information.
www.awf.org Employee Benefits Work with health care providers, for better coverage or explore “self insured” options Explore sharing of “sick” leave Review policies for “family” leave Stipend for funeral allowance Continuous training and education programs allowance
www.awf.org Awareness and education Every office has worked with local partners to provide HIV/AIDS education training to staff Educational materials visible in every office Condoms available in each office Encourage testing but have an established framework for counseling and support HIV/AIDS specialist identified and available locally to meet with staff as needed
www.awf.org Links with Partner Organizations To fund and “program” HIV/AIDS activities into our work with local communities Work to build infrastructure systems (staff housing) in parks which allow families to live together Work more closely with health and development sector
www.awf.org Resources Workplace HIV/AIDS Programs –Family Health International Integrating HIV/AIDS into NGO Programmes; a guide –Learning Through Practice (firstname.lastname@example.org)email@example.com AIDS Toolkits –DAI – with USAID funding