Diseases & National Health Programme
All are targeted in “Target intervention for HIV” except:
The AIDS control societies are directing the implementation of 933 TIs, and as in December, 2003, the break up was:
CSW Interventions 209
Truckers Interventions 190
Migrant Workers Interventions 249
IDU Interventions 74
Street Children Interventions 26
MSM Interventions 25
Prison Inmates Interventions 56
The National AIDS Prevention and Control Policy recognizes the need to take care of workers health & welfare in the organized and unorganized sectors, and the need for developing a multi-pronged response to HIV/AIDS in workplace but these have not been termed as targeted interventions as they are not at high risk of developing HIV / AIDS.
a. To strengthen the response to HIV/AIDS at the workplace, NACO is collaborating with the International Labour Organisation, Ministry of Labour, industrial associations like CII, ASSOCHAM, FICCI and also employers’ and workers’ organizations.
b. The workplace programmes are doing advocacy for strengthening the world of work response to HIV/AIDS, based on the principles/guidelines of the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and world of work. The code has been translated into Hindi and is being extensively disseminated. The code of practice on HIV/AIDS for the workplace includes:
Recognition of HIV/AIDS as a workplace issue
ii. Gender equality
iii. Social Dialogue
iv. No screening of HIV for workplace
vi. Continuing the Employment Relationship
viii. Care & Support
Apart from ILO, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) has also initiated HIV/AIDS workplace programmes through the network of its 22 branches in the country. The NGO Lawyers Collective raises public awareness about HIV/AIDS through public rallies and mobilizes public opinion against stigma and discrimination and has successfully defended workers who lost their jobs on account of their HIV status.
Trade Union leaders in workplace are important stakeholders to influence the HIV/AIDS programme related policy and programmes at workplace. NACO through its collaborating partners like Steel Authority of India and Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), ILO etc. has been sensitizing trade union leaders through workshops.
The V.V. Giri National Labour Institute acts as a technical resource group to develop research and training resources for workplace AIDS programmes. The Institute’s partners in this effort include trade unions, employers’ organizations,