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2011

 

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Are you ready for World AIDS day,  December 1st?
World AIDS Day is celebrated  on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, remember those who have passed on, and celebrate success such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

 

The theme for this year's observance is "Getting to Zero", Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths. The 2011 campaigns signifies a push towards increased prevention, and greater access to treatment for all. And it definitely also calls upon governments to keep the commitments they have made to fight the deadly disease.

 

In  Botswana (2008), 25% of the population aged between 15 and 49 year is infected with HIV and the majority of them are employed and in their most productive years.  Therefore HIV/AIDS is a workplace issue, and should be recognized as a serious impediment to health and production as it affects the workforce together with their families and surrounding communities. Nonetheless, the workplace can play a vital role in the wider struggle to limit the spread and effects of the pandemic. It can facilitate access for all workers to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.  World AIDS Day can be a great opportunity for your company to raise awareness and to show commitment to your staff and to the fight against HIV and AIDS.

 

Resources to help plan your Workplace World AIDS Day

· Leaflet: “HIV and AIDS, the facts” , NAT. Download : Leaflet:HIV and AIDS the facts
· Activity Card: “Positive action at Work, Activity card 5, World AIDS Day”, NAT. Download: Activity card
· Poster: “  1st December is world AIDS Day”, NAT. Download: Poster World AIDS Day
· Contact: Ipoletse Call Centre / Hotline (Telephonic HIV/AIDS/STI Information and Counselling Services): Tel: 0 800 600 700 / 711 600, Fax:  3646511, email: ipoletse@mri.co.bw
· Website: More free material to download will soon be available in the following site: www.worldaidscampaign.org
· Promotional material: Pulse Advertizing group (pty) Ltd is producing great World Aids Day promotional material such as  pins, water bottle, paper clip, key chains... Contact them at : Tel:318 4708, Fax:  3184706 or pulse.bw@gmail.com.  Please mention you were referred by BBCA.

 

15-17th September

BBCA was at the Building Botswana Conference & Exposition on the 15-17th September. The event was designed to provide building contractors, engineers, architects and related services businesses with information that they can use in the advancement of their businesses.   It was for BBCA, a great opportunity to promote the organization, do some Networking, and more importantly, to encourage company in the construction sector to build an HIV and AIDS policy and program for their business. 


 

The vast majority of people living with HIV in Botswana are aged 15-49 and in the prime of their working lives with a high prevalence rate of 25%. These facts have critical implications for businesses and national economies, as well as for individual workers and their families. The epidemic constitutes one of the most frightening challenges to development and social progress in Botswana.  Nevertheless, an increasing number of companies are demonstrating that the heaviest cost associated with HIV/AIDS is the cost of inaction. HIV/AIDS policy and programmes at the workplace have demonstrated positive returns for the businesses and the wider community.  If your company needs support in the development of your HIV/AIDS Policy or program, contact us at the following number:+267 3164926/7.

 

 

JOIN BBCA NOW, It’s never late!!!!!!

Remember you can also be a BBCA member. Simply download and complete the membership application forms available in the website (ww.bbca.org.bw) or contact our office at 316 4927/7 to send you the forms. As a business sector you will not be disappointed from the benefits and quality services you will receive from BBCA.Your Company will not only be productive because of the health of the staff but your will accumulate more profit because of the quality performance of the staff, and you will have  coordinated a wellness programs in place.

 

14th September 2011

BBCA work with BOSASNET to inform and educate Team Engineering staff on the risks associated with alcohol abuse and its relation with HIV/AIDS. This session was carried as part of the support offered to Team Engineering by BBCA in relation to their Wellness program. The 30 minutes presentation was facilitated by Karabo Rantwa, a Counsellor at BOSASNET. Mr. Rantwa did a great job by providing key information to the staff and keeping them very interested. Alcohol use in Botswana is clearly linked, by its negative impact on behavior, to the continued spread of HIV/AIDS. Therefore, the staff learned about what is alcohol abuse, what are its social, health and economical impacts, what can be done to fight substance abuse and where staff can get support.

 

15-17th September

BBCA was at the Building Botswana Conference & Exposition on the 15-17th September. The event was designed to provide building contractors, engineers, architects and related services businesses with information that they can use in the advancement of their businesses.   It was for BBCA, a great opportunity to promote the organization, do some Networking, and more importantly, to encourage company in the construction sector to build an HIV and AIDS policy and program for their business. 

 

The vast majority of people living with HIV in Botswana are aged 15-49 and in the prime of their working lives with a high prevalence rate of 25%. These facts have critical implications for businesses and national economies, as well as for individual workers and their families. The epidemic constitutes one of the most frightening challenges to development and social progress in Botswana.  Nevertheless, an increasing number of companies are demonstrating that the heaviest cost associated with HIV/AIDS is the cost of inaction. HIV/AIDS policy and programmes at the workplace have demonstrated positive returns for the businesses and the wider community.  If your company needs support in the development of your HIV/AIDS Policy or program, contact us at the following number:+267 3164926/7.

 

 

May 2011

BBCA takes part in the 17th BOCCIM Northern Fair

BBCA participated at the 17th BOCCIM Northern Trade Fair form the 26th-29th May 2011 in Francistown. The event which takes place every year was attended by Private Sector in and around Botswana. The Trade fair represents a significant opportunity to enhance brand and product visibility, promote new and existing products, generate leads and drive incremental sales and, in addition, it enables participants to stay on top of the latest industry trends, gain competitor insights, make key industry contacts, and further solidify relationships with current customers.
As the body responsible for leading the business community in combating HIV and AIDS, it was very critical for BBCA to be amongst the participating businesses.  This event gave BBCA the opportunity to introduce and raise awareness on the impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace, and to encourage the private sector to play its role in the national response.

 

 

Winter 2011

Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS and Wellness

BBCA is actually piloting a project to evaluate the possibility of offering new services to the Business Community through the mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS in Corporate Wellness strategies. New services are being tested with a few companies in partnership with Wellness specialists. The results of this pilot should benefit BBCA’s sustainability, the private sector and the employees through more integrated wellness programs.

 

 

June 2011

BBCA officiated at NBFIRA Staff welfare gathering at Fairground Boma during the month of June 2011. The topic for discussion was “Gender and HIV/AIDS”, and Mr. Frank Phatshwane from BBCA facilitated the discussion. The discussion was well appreciated by NBFIRA Executive Director during his closing remarks.


 

April 2011  

BBCA support the World day for Safety and Health at the work

The event was held in Lobatse on the 28th of April. It focused on encouraging on the implementation of an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) as a tool for continual improvement in the prevention of workplace incidents and accidents. BBCA was there to emphasize the importance of integrating HIV and AIDS programs and policy to build an efficient OSHMS. Effective Programs and policies can help maintain an active and healthy workforce and BBCA can support the Business sector to do so through the provision of Capacity building workshops; advocacy work to support the business sector and encouraging Networking. In addition to giving BBCA the opportunity to educate, inform and Network, the fair also enabled us to better understand the needs of the Businesses who have attended the Fair. As a result, Capacity building workshop on Peer Education and Policy development will be held in Lobatse during the course of the year.


April 2011

The Nhabe District’s Private Sector welcomes the HIV/AIDS Policy Formulation Training

BBCA conducted another successful HIV/AIDS Policy Formulation training in the Nhabe District on the 19th-20th April in Rileys Lodge. The training which was very successful was attended by the business community in Maun. Some of these companies represented at the training were AndBeyond, Kalahari Kanvas, Delta Medical Centre, Orient Express Safaris and A&K Safari.

The objectives of this training were;

  • To enable participants to understand and build in/use principles of the Code of Good Practice on HIV, as a guide and basis for their workplace policies and programmes.
  • To enable participants to understand how to develop a comprehensive HIV/AIDS/Wellness policies and programmes that are aligned to both the national and international instruments
  • To enable participants to understand and build in/use principles of the Code of Good Practice on HIV, as a guide and basis for their workplace programme.

June 2011

BBCA increases The Number of HIV/AIDS Workplace Peer Educators in Gaborone

Another batch of Peer Educators was successfully trained in Gaborone on the 6th-10th June 2011 in Gaborone at the Yarona Country Lodge. The training was part of the series of BBCA’s trainings for the year 2011. About 25 participants from 13 companies attended the training. Some of the objectives of this very successful training were;

  • To enable participants to understand and build in/use principles of the Code of Good Practice on HIV, as a guide and basis for their workplace programme.
  • To strengthen participants’ knowledge of monitoring and evaluation and its importance for the effective management of workplace programs
  • To assist participants develop peer education activity plans for their workplaces, building in monitoring and evaluation activities

Some of the lessons learnt at this training were that not everybody has full knowledge on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, irrespective of work positions and academic qualifications. Companies have begun to realize the importance of having workplace policies and programmes on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in their workplaces

 

April 2011

Another Blazing HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy Formulation Training for the Gaborone Businesses

“Business leaders have unparalleled opportunity to utilize their expertise, influence, and acumen in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.”-Global Business Coalition. Some of the businesses in Gaborone came together to learn and become experts in the development of HIV/AIDS workplace policies for their businesses. The training was held on the 6-7th April at Yarona Country Club in Gaborone. Some of the companies represented at this training are NBFIRA, CCC Construction, ARUP Construction, Team Engineers, Kwela Rocla, and Gaborone Private Hospital etc.The participants were introduced to the Code of Good Practice on HIV/AIDS, as a guide and basis for their workplace programme. Companies who are already doing well in the Wellness component were given a chance to share with the others. Majority of companies do not have HIV/AIDS workplace policies.

 

June 2011

BBCA and NACA) Disseminates Results for African Copper Mine (ACM) HIV/AIDS Prevalence Survey

BBCA in conjunction with NACA disseminated ACM HIV surveillance 2011 results to general staff of the mine. ACM, NACA and BBCA are currently working round clock to develop an implementation plan for the mine following the release and acknowledgement of survey results by mine management.

 

JOIN BBCA NOW, It’s never late!!!!!!

Remember you can also be a BBCA member. Simply download and complete the membership application forms available in the website (ww.bbca.org.bw) or contact our office at 316 4927/7 to send you the forms. As a business sector you will not be disappointed from the benefits and quality services you will receive from BBCA.Your Company will not only be productive because of the health of the staff but your will accumulate more profit because of the quality performance of the staff, and you will have  coordinated a wellness programs in place.

 

 
 

 

 
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