HIV/AIDS and the World of Work

Helping workers, employers and governments to respond effectively to HIV and to eradicate HIV related stigma and discrimination in the workplace is a fundamental component of the ILO’s Decent Work agenda in Asia.

Helping workers, employers and governments to respond effectively to HIV and to eradicate HIV related stigma and discrimination in the workplace is a fundamental part of the ILO’s Decent Work agenda in Asia.

Promoting the health and safety of workers has been part of the ILO’s mandate since its foundation in 1919.

This mandate includes helping workplaces respond to HIV (the Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, caused by HIV).

While most countries in Asia have low HIV prevalence, full engagement of the workplace now can help prevent higher HIV prevalence later. It can also provide much-needed care and support to HIV-infected and affected workers and their families.

Through its Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work (ILO/AIDS), the ILO:

  • Raises awareness of the economic and social impact of AIDS in the world of work;
  • Helps governments, employers and workers support national efforts to prevent the spread and reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS; and
  • Fights discrimination and stigma related to HIV/AIDS

Key Documents

The ILO’s Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work in your local language:

The ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the world of work: The 10 Key principles

Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work, 2010 (No. 200)

Key Resources

HIV/AIDS Standards at the Country Level Developed in Cooperation with the ILO:

Cambodia:

Cambodia - addressing HIV vulnerabilities of indirect sex workers during the financial crisis: Situation analysis, strategies and entry points for HIV/AIDS workplace education

Prakas 086: The Creation of the HIV/AIDS Committee in Enterprises and Establishments and the Prevention of HIV/AIDS in the Workplace

China:

HIV and AIDS related employment discrimination in China

Philippines:

Managing HIV/AIDS in the workplace: Employers’ handbook for action

Toolkits:

HIV/AIDS Behaviour Change Communication – A toolkit for the workplace

Mise en oeuvre des directives pratiques du BIT sur le VIH/SIDA et le monde du travail : manuel de formation

HIV and AIDS in the Workplace: Trainer’s Guide

Know more about HIV/AIDS - A Toolkit for Workers in the Informal Economy

Driving for change - A training toolkit on HIV/AIDS for the road transport sector

For more information regarding ILO’s work on HIV in the region please contact:

Asia and the Pacific:

Richard S. Howard
Senior specialist on HIV and AIDS
International Labour Organization
10th Floor United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
Tel: +662 288 1765
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Contact ILO/AIDS Focal Points in your country for further information:

Country

Focal persons

Contact

Afghanistan:

Anahita Amin

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Bangladesh:

Shahabuddin Khan

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Cambodia:

Por, Chuong

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China and Mongolia:

Wu, Rulian

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Fiji:

Surkafa Katafono

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Indonesia:

Risya Ariyani Kori

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Japan:

Shinichi Hasegawa

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Lao PDR:

Richard Howard

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Nepal:

Nita Neupane

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Pakistan:

Manzoor Khaliq

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Philippines:

Margaux Sanguyo

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Sri Lanka:

Indira Hettiarachchi

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Thailand:

Richard Howard

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Vietnam:

Richard Howard

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