Scania SA awarded for HIV prevention

Scania South Africa’s HIV prevention and AIDS employee support programme, has won an international award.

The Swedish Workplace HIV/AIDS Programme (SWHAP) Most Comprehensive Programme Achievement Award 2014 was presented to Scania South Africa primarily for its employee support programme, what some employers name an employee assistance programme (EAP).

John Viner, Programme manager at SWHAP said “The employee support programme assists in HIV prevention, early diagnosis, access to treatment and continuous support for employees and their families.

An HIV prevention programme in Kenya.
An HIV prevention programme in Kenya.

90% of workers know their HIV status
“Currently over 90 percent of Scania’s employees are aware of their HIV status and 44 out of 55 HIV positive employees are on treatment.”

SWHAP is an initiative from the International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR) and the Swedish Industrial and Metalworkers’ Union (IF Metall) to support HIV prevention and AIDS support programmes at Swedish related workplaces in Sub-Saharan Africa.

As well as employees and short term contract workers, Scania South Africa also supports other vulnerable groups, such as truck drivers in this work.

South African drivers participating in an HIV prevention programme.
South African drivers participating in an HIV prevention programme.

A thousand drivers tested in six months
During a recent six month period, 1000 drivers were screened and tested for HIV.

”The number of activities as well as the number of people included in the programme impressed us,” Viner says.

“And this successful and systematic work to prevent a further spread of HIV/AIDS in the region resulted in the SWHAP Achievement Award.”

An HIV prevention and wellness awareness kit used by Scania includes the slogan; 'Don't burn rubber, wear one'.
An HIV prevention and wellness awareness kit used by Scania includes the slogan; ‘Don’t burn rubber, wear one’.

Andreas Follér, Sustainability Manager at Scania, says: “Health and safety has always been important to Scania. The foundation to our success has been having motivated, engaged and highly skilled employees. The achievements of Scania in South Africa in HIV prevention and AIDS supporet are a real inspiration to the rest of Scania.”

Scania is a manufacturerof trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines.

A driver wellness and HIV prevention programme involving several aspects of occupational health.
A driver wellness and HIV prevention programme involving several aspects of occupational health.

Sources; Business Wire. Cision. Scania SA.

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