An Expanded and Comprehensive Response to HIV/AIDS in the Workplace: Focusing on the Informal Economy

    Funding mechanism: Global Fund (sub-recipient)

    Project budget:
    882,969 USD


    This programme aims to contribute to the private sector component of Ghana’s Global Fund proposal for Round 8 through:

  • Reduced levels of employment-related stigma and discrimination against persons living with HIV or AIDS;
  • Reduced risky behaviours among targeted workers with regard to HIV; and
  • Increased levels of sustained employment by workers living with HIV or AIDS from the targeted enterprises.

    The thrust of this project is to further mobilize workplace infrastructures to support the national HIV response in Ghana. It aims at expanding action in the world of work in Ghana to reach district-level stakeholders and informal economy workers. They will benefit from prevention programmes and referral systems to voluntary counselling and testing (VCT), care and support services for themselves and for their family members.

Key activities

    The project will provide valuable assistance to trickle Ghana’s National Workplace HIV/AIDS Policy down to workers and translate it into concrete actions at workplaces. To do so, it will expand workers’ access to prevention, treatment, care and support and enhance their prospects for continued gainful employment. It will utilize the existing and well-functioning infrastructure of the ILO International Workplace HIV/AIDS Education Programme and the ongoing collaborative arrangements with the Ghana Employers Association, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Employment, informal economy actors and workers’ organizations as well as the network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) trained by the project on behaviour change communication (BCC) for the workplace.

    The ILO will contribute to the implementation of the Global Fund Round 8 proposal by offering technical assistance and hands-on training to ILO constituents for policy development and programme implementation. Thus, it will enhance ongoing work within the target enterprises, with reinforced action to expand access to treatment and care and support. A dual approach will be pursued by mobilizing in-house services at enterprise level as well as linking to community-based services with the support of collaborating NGOs.

Key activities include:

  • Capacity building for the Ministry of Employment & Social Welfare, workers’ and employers’ organizations (including sectoral bodies/affiliates), review of strategic plans and provision of support for emerging needs, including strengthening capacities for policy and programme formulation/implementation;
  • Support to the implementation of the tripartite National Workplace HIV/AIDS Policy;
  • Focused training on stigma and discrimination issues for management and labour inspectors;
  • Support to the establishment of a management Information System within the Ministry of Manpower, Youth and Employment and conduction of research in areas such as impact assessment in order to shape a more proactive advocacy strategy;
  • Identification and assessment of the quality and capacity of available information on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as VCT, treatment, care and support services; and development of a policy and operational framework under which enterprises may refer workers to these services;
  • Support to the development of a policy within small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the building of partnerships and collaborations;
  • Continued provision of training and technical assistance for the development of sustainable and effective HIV and AIDS workplace policies integrating the key principles of the ILO Code of Practice embedded in the National Workplace HIV/AIDS Policy;
  • Provision of technical assistance to the Ghana Business Coalition for the development of sustainable and effective HIV and AIDS workplace programmes; and
  • Continued provision of training and technical assistance for the development of sustainable and effective HIV and AIDS workplace BCC programmes aiming at reducing risky behaviour among workers.