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SACTWU has made great strides to help the fight against HIV and AIDS

1 December 2010

Following on our earlier press releases about our activities planned for World Aids Day today, SACTWU has been inundated with requests for more information about our work on this issue. Below, we provide a summary and hope that this information can be useful to our countryís campaign on this matter (this is our final press release on the matter for today):

SACTWU has made great strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. A report tabled at our unionís National Congress held in late September this year, shows that some of our achievements over the last three years since our last Congress in August 2007 include the following:

  • tested and counselled 57 600 members;
  • established a R10m strong benevolent fund to support members who have Aids;
  • launched two HIV/AIDS VCT mobile clinics to help service members in KZN;
  • distributed thousands of information pamphlets on HIV/AIDS;
  • spent R50m on HIV/AIDS awareness support and prevention matters for members and their families;
  • addressed an average of 59 000 members every year, with a blitz focussed message on awareness, prevention and treatment matters;
  • trained 2 000 shop stewards on HIV/AIDS awareness;
  • became the first union globally to negotiate an industry-wide Code of Good Practice on HIV/AIDS in the workplace, which is the only agreement of its kind gazetted by the Department of Labour;
  • established support groups for HIV/AIDS positive SACTWU members;
  • opened a TB clinic for members in the Western Cape, where TB incidence is among the highest globally;
  • conducted over 8 000 home-based care visits;
  • held 473 drama group performances on HIV/AIDS, reaching 70 000 members and school learners;
  • distributed 1.14 million male and female condoms;
  • employed 56 full-time health care professional and 20 part-time, in a dedicated SACTWU Worker Health Programme, mainly dedicated to fight HIV/AIDS.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary