AIDS is Everyone’s Business!

This publication is a collection of messages of support of the “Getting to zero at work” campaign and the VCT@WORK initiative, received from employers’ organizations and the private sector over the past three years.

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‘End Aids-related discrimination at work’ – Sharon Stone

To mark World Aids Day, 2015, Actress Sharon Stone voices the true story of Oleysa, discriminated against in her workplace because she is HIV positive.

Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Louganis marks World AIDS Day 2014

Olympic diver Greg Louganis shows his support for the ILO’s work to end HIV-related discrimination in the workplace and to promote early testing and treatment.

Living with HIV: This is my story



I chose to live

Actress Kavi Ladnier shares the story of Seema who only learned about the importance of early HIV testing when her son became gravely ill.



A new life alone

Actor Junes Zahdi introduces Khaled who stands to lose the only place he’s ever called home because of his HIV status.


Fighting for her life and her job

Forced to reveal her HIV status at work, Gloria’s story – as told by actress Ratidzo Mambo – is one of courage.

People living with HIV often face stigma and discrimination at work and in their everyday lives. More than half of the 35 million people living with HIV do not know their status. Getting tested early means gaining access to the treatment needed to continue to lead healthy and productive lives. The International Labour Organization (ILO) works to end HIV-related discrimination at work and promotes voluntary testing and counselling through the workplace.

Many of those affected are not able to tell their own stories. In this special ILO video series, set to launch on World AIDS Day (1 December), actors Kavi Ladnier, Ratidzo Mambo, and Junes Zahdi speak for them.


Economically Empowering the HIV Vulnerable Population along Transport Corridors in Tanzania

The ILO, together with the Savings and Credit Cooperative League of Tanzania (SCCULT), multiple private sector partners (such as savings and credit cooperative societies (SACCOs), the Ministry of Labour and Employment of Tanzania, the Employers’ Association, and trade unions addressed this challenge. Since 2011 the ILO has managed an HIV and AIDS vulnerability reduction pro-gramme along Tanzania’s transport corri-dors of Chalinze, Ilula, Mafinga, Makambako, Tunduma and Kyela.

Voluntary HIV Counselling and Testing (VCT) at Work in Mozambique

Since 2006 the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been supporting stakeholders in the world of work to better respond to HIV and AIDS in Mozambique. Actions encompass scaling up access to HIV prevention and care through the workplace, increasing the demand for VCT, taking into account the gender-specific needs of women and men, as well as economically empowering groups such as women, young people and people working in the informal economy that are particularly vulnerable to HIV.

In order to ensure that more people take tests, the ILO has embarked on the VCT@Work Initiative, collaborating with partners from both the public and private sector, including the Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (ECoSIDA), Mozambique Railways Company (CFM), the sugar industries, Mozambique Airlines, the Ministry of Health through its Provincial Directorates, the National AIDS Council (NAC), the Ministry of Transport, and the Ministry of Labour.
ECoSIDA, CFM and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), in partnership with the ILO, have been working together to strengthen the capacity of their members to respond to HIV and to mitigate the impact of the epidemic in workplaces. The vision is to offer voluntary and confidential HIV counselling and testing to a significant number of employees.

HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment at Work in Indonesia

As one of the biggest state-owned enterprises in Indonesia, with more than 14,000 workers and 25,000 subcontracted workers throughout Indonesia (of which 40 per cent are mobile male workers), Pertamina has shown a serious and consistent commitment to the prevention of HIV and AIDS at the workplace and to the fight against stigma and discrimination. Pertamina has developed workplace policies to ensure a non-discriminatory working environment for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and has provided HIV information, counselling and testing for its workers in their sites across the country.

Preventing HIV in Ethiopia: The Mulu Worksites Project

The MULU Worksites project is a USAID/PEPFAR-funded project managed by World Learning Ethiopia in partnership with FHI 360, Population Service International (PSI), and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The project seeks to implement gender-responsive workplace HIV combination prevention programmes that will strengthen the HIV response in large-scale workplaces employing over 500 persons. The construction, agriculture, leather, cement, mining and manufacturing sectors are a vital entry point for combination prevention, as they employ women and men engaged in high-risk behaviours such as commercial and transactional sex, and multiple concurrent partnerships.

Reducing HIV Vulnerability in Zambia through economic empowerment

To create gainful employment as an avenue for economic empowerment and, eventually, to reduce vulnerability to HIV and AIDS, the International Labour Organization (ILO) signed and ratified a Corridor Economic Empowerment Innovation Fund (CEEIF) grant with Cavmont Bank in Zambia, kick-starting a public-private partnership in Zambia. The project is linked to the ILO’s Corridor Economic Empowerment Project (CEEP) to reduce HIV vulnerability along the main transport corridors in Southern Africa.


Scaling up HIV testing and counselling in Lesotho through Private sector Dialogue

The Association of the Lesotho Employers and Business (ALEB) hosted a “Private Sector Dialogue on HIV and TB” in collaboration with ILO and UNAIDS in Lesotho.

Zimbabwe Launches a Strategic Framework for PPP for HIV/AIDS & TB

“Strategic Framework for Public-Private Partnerships for TB and HIV Prevention, Treatment Care and Support, 2014 – 2016” was launched by Dr Douglas Mombeshora, the Acting Minister of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe on 25 March 2015.

Mr. Bob Collymore joins the ILO's Getting to Zero at Work campaign

Mr. Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom, Kenya joins the ILO’s Getting to Zero at Work campaign. In his message received at the time of the Africa CEO Forum in Geneva, he highlights the importance of public-private partnerships and stresses that the private sector must play a role in the fight against HIV & AIDS.


Effective responses to HIV and AIDS at work: A multi-country study in Africa

This ILO study presents a comprehensive assessment of the characteristics that make HIV and AIDS workplace initiatives effective.

It examines the elements that distinguish successful workplace initiatives and provides a range of examples showing how workplace initiatives contribute to:
– enhancing knowledge about HIV prevention and modes of transmission
– building workplace capacity to address and manage the impact of HIV and AIDS at work
– increasing access to voluntary HIV counselling and testing in or through the workplace
– reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination and
– increasing uptake of anti-retroviral treatment.

The study compiles the results of research conducted between January 2013 and October 2014 in public, private, formal and informal workplaces across 10 African countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia.



Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work, 2010 (No. 200)

The first international labour standard on HIV and AIDS in the world of work, was adopted by governments, employers’ and workers’ representatives from ILO member States at the International Labour Conference in June 2010.