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THE VCT_at_WORK INITIATIVE a presentation by
  • Akua Ofori-Asumadu
  • ITUC 2nd Women World Conference

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What is the VCT_at_WORK Initiative?
  • Launched by the ILO and UNAIDS in June 2013 at
    the 102nd ILC
  • Contributes to achieving the global target of 15
    million by 2015 (2011 Political Declaration on
    HIV and AIDS)

3
WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES?
  • To promote HIV testing to enable five million
    women and men workers,(their spouses and
    community members) to know their status by 2015
  • To facilitate access to antiretroviral treatment
    (ART) for women and men workers, (their spouses
    and community members) who test positive and are
    eligible for ART.

4
Why the VCT_at_WORK Initiative?
  • Low levels of HIV testing (UNAIDS Report)
  • About 7.0 million people are currently eligible,
    but are not receiving treatment.
  • The majority do not know their HIV status
  • Increased availability of treatment
  • HIV is no longer a death sentence
  • HIV treatments today are both effective and
    easier to take
  • The unique contribution of the world of work
  • The world of work constitutes the largest
    population of people living with HIV globally
  • As the UN agency mandated to address world of
    work issues, the ILOs comparative advantage is
    its ability to reach millions of workers in both
    the formal and informal economies.

5
Why the VCT_at_WORK Initiative?
  • A more conducive legal and policy environment
    that builds upon
  • tripartite HIV and AIDS national/sectoral
    workplace policies
  • labour legislation and policy
  • Building the capacity of labour judges,
    magistrates, parliamentarians, labour factory
    inspectors and other world of work actors 
  • Taking HIV testing IN and THROUGH the workplace
  • i.e. a considerable amount of HTC will still take
    place within healthcare settings

6
Where and When will the VCT_at_WORK Initiative be
implemented?
  • A two-phase approach will be taken to
    operationalize the VCT_at_WORK Initiative at the
    country level  
  • The first phase will be in a few countries where
    there is already political buy-in and expressed
    commitment to the initiative (Brazil, Ghana,
    India, Indonesia, Nigeria and South Africa)

7
Where and When?
  •  
  • Emphasis will be placed on UNAIDS High Impact
    Countriesiative
  • ILO and its partners will undertake a global
    mapping exercise to identify on-going activities
  • Every effort will be made to support VCT
    initiatives that the ILOs constituents could
    associate themselves with

8
How should the VCT tests be carried out
  • The initiative is not a one-size-fits-all
  • HTC conducted as part of an integrated health and
    wellness testing approach
  • Stand alone
  • Different approaches CICT VCT, PICT, HIV
    Self-Testing, Couples Testing and Multi-disease
    campaigns

9
Which principles must be adhered to?
  • The key principles for HIV Testing are
  • Consent
  • Confidentiality,
  • Counselling,
  • Convenience and
  • Connection to care

10
How will it be different?
  • The VCT_at_WORK Initiative is being situated within
    a coordinated approach comprising a number of
    interventions
  • the Getting to Zero_at_Work Campaign
  • Recommendation No. 200 on HIV and AIDS
  • Other International Labour Standards.

11
Why do Trade Union need to do anything about
VCT_at_Work?
  • Because
  • HIV exists in complex relationships with poverty,
    inequality, discrimination and illiteracy
  • workers - and their families, workplaces and
    communities that depend on them are - bearing the
    brunt of the epidemic

12
Why do Trade Union need to do anything about
VCT_at_Work?
  • The burden is on the most vulnerable people in
    society women, children and the poor
  • HIV is no longer a death sentence and PLHIV can
    expect to live long healthy and productive lives
  • Early diagnosis is key and VCT is the gateway for
    access to treatment

13
Union action contains a clear message
  • The principles, experience, networks and mass
    membership of trade unions are a shared resource
    and a potentially powerful tool in societys
    search for new fronts, bold initiatives and
    effective action in response to the mitigation of
    the impact of HIV
  • (Global reach how trade unions are responding to
    AIDS - Case studies of union action)

14
Conclusion
  • Zero new infections, zero discrimination and
    zero AIDS-related deaths start at work.
  • Zéro nouvelle infection. Zéro discrimination.
    Zéro décès lié au sida. La réalisation de ce
    triple objectif commence sur le lieu de travail.
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary - International
    Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

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.....and YOU can make it happenTHANK YOU
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