Support for Workplace HIV Prevention Interventions
Workplaces are ideal environments to reach large groups of people with social and behavior change HIV prevention interventions and can help reduce HIV-related stigma. Recognizing this, BRIDGE II advocated for HIV prevention interventions within some of Malawi’s largest work sites.
After identifying key partner organizations through a needs assessment, BRIDGE II worked with them to implement and strengthen workplace HIV prevention programs. Through advocacy with organizational leadership, BRIDGE II set minimum standards for HIV prevention programs and facilitated inter-company learning. BRIDGE II also trained peer educators within each workplace to use interactive drama, Tasankha posters, and Transformative Tools such as the Journey of Hope and African Transformation toolkits to generate discussion.
Overall, there was remarkable improvement in workplace HIV interventions, evidenced by reports from employers and employees that:
- Stigma against people living with HIV had been reduced.
- More employees were disclosing their HIV status in the workplace.
- Employers were granting leave to their employees to access HIV treatment.
- Employers were making condoms available for employees in the workplace.
- Workplaces were organizing HIV testing days.
- Absenteeism was reduced as more HIV-positive employees accessing needed HIV treatment.
Additionally, the number of organizations participating in the program increased throughout the implementation of the workplace intervention program. Overall, 16 large companies in Southern Malawi participated and thousands of people were exposed to BRIDGE II Workplace HIV Prevention Interventions:
- 906 peer educators were trained on how to use the Journey of Hope toolkit and interactive drama.
- 16,019 people were reached with Journey of Hope toolkit small group interventions.
- 6,346 people were reached with HIV prevention messages through community wide events.
- 3,967 people participated in Tasankha open days.
- 17,736 people were reached with HIV prevention activities in their respective work places.
- 405 people were linked to HIV counseling and testing during community wide events.