HIV/AIDS and the world of work: a prevention and social protection perspective
A course on "HIV/AIDS and the world of work: a prevention and social protection perspective" will take place at the ITC-ILO from 13 to 24 September 2010, in English and French.
Current global estimates suggest that some 33.4 million people are living with HIV. Nine out of ten people living with HIV are working adults in their productive prime. In spite of a significant increase in prevention and treatment services, a lot of work still needs to be done to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, care and treatment, as well as social protection. For every two people starting treatment, there are still five new infections. Prevention remains a priority, while social protection for people living with and affected by HIV or living in vulnerable conditions is essential if they are to live a productive and dignified life.
The ILO adopted an international labour standard on HIV/AIDS during the International Labour Conference in June 2010. The new standard strengthens and expands on the principles of the Code of Practice. It provides a solid foundation for the development of effective national workplace policies and programmes on HIV and AIDS. The ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the ITC-ILO are committed to resolving this issue and are offering a capacity-building course on HIV/AIDS and the world of work, with a prevention and social protection perspective. The course, in English and in French, is truly global: some 47 participants from organizations that make policy or run programmes in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Pacific islands and Europe have enrolled. The sharing of experience and innovative practice in the world of work on prevention and social protection is part of the curriculum.