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Private companies with a large employee base were amongst the first responders to the call for universal access to treatment launched during AIDS 2000 in Durban. This session features some of the pioneers of workplace HIV programmes and describes the business case for corporate engagement in the fight against AIDS. Panellists include a diverse range of workplace stakeholders, including those living with HIV.
 
This session is targeted towards employer and labour representatives, as well as workplace health policy makers and any partners interested in improving the HIV response in the world of work.
 
Participants will learn how access to counselling, testing and treatment in the workplace has changed the outlook on life for many HIV positive employees and their families. They will develop an understanding of the specific role of workplace programmes in the HIV response, the importance and benefits of these programmes and the way forward.

14:30
THSY0701
Introduction

14:37
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Fifteen years of workplace HIV programme experience in the context of Botswana
Mwamba Nsebula, Jwaneng Diamond Mine, Botswana
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14:45
THSY0703
Workplace HIV programme experience of a multinational employer in multiple African countries (Democratic Republic Congo, Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda and Burundi)
Herbert Schilthuis, Heineken Africa Foundation, Netherlands

14:53
THSY0704
Impact of a large workplace HIV programme on TB incidence and mortality at Platinum Mines
Charles Mbekeni, Anglo American Platinum, South Africa
15:01
THSY0705
Personal experience of workplace HIV programmes as a counsellor and a woman living with HIV
Nombuyiselo Mapongwana, Independent, South Africa

15:09
THSY0706
Labour Union experience of workplace HIV programmes in the mining industry
Eric Gcilitshana, National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa
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15:17
THSY0707
Health economics of workplace HIV programmes
Gesine Meyer-Rath, Boston University, United States
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15:25
THSY0708
Moderated discussion

15:55
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Conclusion