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Appropriate response to HIV in the workplace

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May 23, 2012

What’s an appropriate response to the HIV pandemic in the work place?

More than twenty trade union representatives from Francophone African countries are expected to get answer to this from a week-long training session being held by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Dakar, Senegal.

“Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 60 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and approximately 30 million people have died of AIDS. In 2010, there were an estimated 34 million people living with HIV, 2.7 million new infections…,” according to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics.

The ILO has been actively involved in trying to sensitize people against stigmatizing people living with HIV in the workplace.

The four-day training session will help focal points and trade union experts to get familiar with a tool kit developed by the ILO HIV/AIDS in the workplace unit.

WADR’s Kara Thioune speaks with Ben Said Dia, specialist for workers education at ILO.

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