The German federally owned international cooperation enterprise GTZ (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), had a long-standing relationship with ILO and supported projects in Ukraine, Moldova, Namibia and Mali aimed at promoting workplace policies and programmes on HIV/AIDS. These projects were funded specifically through GTZs BACKUP Initiative. The objective of Initiative was to advise governmental and civil society partners, including ILO, on how to apply for funding from the Global Fund and to build their capacity to do so. Particular attention was being paid to gender equality, integration into existing health systems, increased participation of civil society and capacity development.
In all four ILO project countries, the GTZ-funded programme has been working with ministries of labour, employers and workers organizations to develop policies on HIV/AIDS in the world of work. It has also trained labour inspectors on HIV-related issues. In Ukraine and Moldova, for example, the project has worked with stakeholders from the education and the health sectors as well as with local NGOs and mass media to build the capacity of staff in these sectors to respond to HIV. Projects completed their activities in 2009.