Business sector can play key role in the AIDS response in Africa

Author: UN AIDS, Published on: 6 April 2011

…A…symposium ["Sharing responsibilities in the ‘World of Work’ in Africa"] hosted by Heineken…highlighted…ways the private sector can contribute [to the AIDS response] … In 2001...[Heineken] adopted and implemented its HIV workplace policy...to improve the response to HIV among employees and their families…Not all companies are willing to or capable of making such a commitment. The question of sustainability and the long term commitment that the company has to shoulder, given the little likelihood for national services to replicate the quality of HIV service delivery, was seen by participants as a major obstacle…[T]o become full partners in the AIDS response, businesses need to engage in high level advocacy…[and] promote accountability and transparency by reporting on money spent on social welfare programmes…

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