The Herald (Harare)

13 December 2012

Zimbabwe: ILO HIV/Aids Strategy Launched

The International Labour Organisation and its partners yesterday launched the public service HIV and Aids implementation strategy, an initiative that seeks to provide a framework, which Government can effectively use to fight the pandemic.

The 2011-2015 strategy was crafted in line with the ILO recommendation (200 of 2010) and the Zimbabwe National Strategy Plan.

Officially launching the strategy, President and Cabinet health advisor Dr Timothy Stamps said the strategy would enable Government to effectively design, implement, monitor and evaluate HIV and Aids programmes in Zimbabwe.

"The document promotes a culture of caring and compassion necessary to encourage openness, consistency and equality in dealing with HIV and Aids pandemic in the public service," Dr Stamps said.

The strategy, he said, also aimed at providing human rights-based guidance that prevents and prohibits stigma and discrimination in employment and occupation on the basis or perceived HIV status. Dr Stamps said HIV and Aids was a workplace problem which should be tackled from the workplace and requires a multi-sectoral approach involving everyone.

"The public sector plays a central role in the multi-sectoral response to HIV and Aids in reducing stigma, promoting prevention and in providing access to treatment, care and support for its members," he said.

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