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AIDS at the workplace book launched

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By Fanyana Mabuza - WEEKEND OBSERVER-29-Aug-2009

A wide range of stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS on Friday gathered at the Mountain Inn

A wide range of stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS on Friday gathered at the Mountain Inn to witness the launch of a book entitled ‘The Management of HIV and AIDS in the Workplace Made Easy” authored by Occupational Health Specialist in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Dr Cleopas Sibanda.

Participants came from different government departments, NGOs, the business community, UN agencies the National Library and others.

The book surmises the problems that face both employer and employee over the issues of HIV and AIDS at the workplace and is written in much simpler language for maximum effect. It also touches on areas never touched before or have been neglected in the fight against the pandemic, cutting a swathe of death and destruction regionally and continentally.

Swaziland is rated among the countries with a high HIV and AIDS prevalence in the world. The book also analyses the views of government and the International Labour Organisation on the issue of HIV and AIDS in the workplace.

It would seem that some employers have not realised the impact the pandemic has on production while also failing to do away with stigmatisation of those affected and the book simplifies all those issues while also articulating the virtues of handling well matters related to the pandemic both individually and at the workplace.

According to the Ministry’s Mduduzi Hlophe, who also played the role of Master of Ceremony at the launch, the book would go a long way in demystifying the myths that are held in some quarters about the pandemic. “Indeed, there has been a lot of information dissemination about the scourge, but none has been so hard-hitting, especially when concerning the workplace.

“It would be proper for organisations to buy copies of the book and make them readily available to their workforce at any given time. “The contribution the book makes to the fight against HIV and AIDS will go a long way to address the issue of the scourge at the workplace,” he noted.

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