Ghana HIV/AIDS Workplace Project

A solid foundation has been laid on which an expanded and national response could be build on.

Technical Cooperation Project
An Expanded and Comprehensive Response to HIV/AIDS in the Workplace: Focusing on the Informal Economy
Period Covered2010-2012
WhereAccra , Ghana
Organized byILO-Abuja
ContactsMr. Sunday Uzu; Email :, Tel : +234-80 95 99 59 47

A solid foundation has been laid on which an expanded and national response could be build on. The policy framework and enterprise action focusing on non-discrimination and behavior change establish a firm basis for more comprehensive action. It is thus proposed to build upon the experience gained to date and utilize the ILO’s comparative advantages to expand access to treatment, care and support through the workplace.

ILO played a key role in the development of the national policy framework and has provided technical input for the development of the tripartite national policy on HIV/AIDS and the world of work and building consensus on the need for national law reforms to address HIV/AIDS issues. During a national conference organized by the ILOAIDS office in Ghana, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Employment, employers’ and workers’ organizations decided to adopt a the draft National Workplace HIV/AIDS Policy. Since then the ILO has been working actively for the dissemination of the National Policy which is now going into print with support from the project. The National Policy which has the backing of the National AIDS Commission and the Tripartite Committee was publicly launched by the Vice President on the 1st of December 2005. It is to be widely disseminated to trade unions, employers’ organizations and ministries and as well form the working document for the fledgling Ghana Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS. The ILO is now working closely with the board of the Ghana Business Coalition which is seen as a natural progression of project activities at least in the formal private sector. This collaboration needs to be firmly establishes to sustain the gains of the projects.