A multi-sectorial committee in directing HIV/AIDS-specific interventions in the occupational setting: an example from South Africa

C. N. Morris*, D. Wilkinson, Z. Stein, E. J. Cheevers

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Abstract

We present a descriptive analysis of a mechanism to coordinate and implement human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and care in the occupational setting. The mechanism we describe is a multidisciplinary committee composed of stakeholders in the occupational health environment including unions, management, medical researchers, and medical personnel. The site chosen for the analysis was a South African sugar mill in rural KwaZulu-Natal. The factory is situated in an area of high HIV seroprevalence and has a workforce of 400 employees. The committee was initiated to coordinate a combined prevention-care initiative. The issues that were important in the formation of the committee included confidentiality, trust, and the traditional roles of the stakeholder relationships. When these points were addressed through the focus on a common goal, the committee was able to function in its role as a coordinating body. Central to this success was the inclusion of all stakeholders in the process, including those with traditionally opposing interests and legitimacy conferred by the stakeholders. This committee was functionally effective and demonstrated the benefit of a freestanding committee dedicated to addressing HIV/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) issues. We describe the implementation and feasibility of a multisectoral committee in directing HIV/AIDS initiatives in the occupational setting in rural South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS Patient Care and STDs
Volume15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This is a copy of an article published in AIDS patient care and STDs © 2001 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.; AIDS patient care and STDs is available online at: http://www.liebertonline.com

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