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July 2017

  1. VCT@WORK in Mozambique: Multi disease testing helps

    11 July 2017,

    HIV prevalence in the adult population is 13.2 per cent in Mozambique. What causes concern is that the HIV prevalence is showing an increasing trend; and is much higher in women (15.4 per cent) than men (10.1 percent). Only 33.5 percent of people living with HIV know their status.

June 2017

  1. Trade unions lead the VCT@WORK in Ukraine

    12 June 2017,

    Ukraine has one of the fastest growing rates of HIV infection in Europe. The HIV prevalence in the adult population is 0.9 at the end of 2015. The highest incidence of the disease is among young and working age people. Only 54 per cent of people living with HIV know their HIV status. In order to reduce the HIV testing gap, the ILO is implementing the voluntary counselling and HIV testing initiative for workers —VCT@WORK—since 2014 in Ukraine. Trade unions have been in the front in driving the VCT@WORK Initiative in Ukraine, adopting a regional and sectoral approach.

April 2017

  1. Enhancing Access to HIV Testing and Social Protection for Workers in the Informal Economy in Kenya

    25 April 2017,

    Under the Voluntary Counselling and Testing for Workers’ Initiative - the VCT@WORK Initiative - the ILO in Kenya has developed an innovative programme of enhancing access to HIV testing amongst workers in the informal economy; and facilitating their access to national social protection schemes.

March 2017

  1. ILO course on "Including diversity and preventing discrimination", 22-26 May 2017

    The ILO International Training Centre in Turin is organizing a training course in Turin. The deadline for sending applications is 22 April 2017.

  2. BBC news - These workers face discrimination from inside, and out

    03 March 2017,

  3. Zero discrimination at workplace benefits everyone

    01 March 2017,

    Achieving zero discrimination needs actions from government, employers, workers and every individual in the society. Zero discrimination is more than protecting the interest of people living with HIV. It is about paving a path for qualified and capable workers – despite their HIV status – to help improving quality healthcare, education, and other industries.

December 2016

  1. Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in coffee producing areas of Guatemala

    08 December 2016,

    This project aims to diagnose pregnant women living with HIV and refer them to the official health system for further tests to confirm their status and to start antiretroviral treatment.

  2. World AIDS Day at the ILO

    01 December 2016,

    The ILO staff, including the Director-General, joined to commemorate the World AIDS Day 2016 today at the ILO office in Geneva. The staff formed a human red ribbon and showed their commitment to strengthening the AIDS response in the world of work.

  3. © UNICEF Ethiopia 2017

    Employment is key in the life cycle approach to HIV

    01 December 2016,

    "AIDS is not over. With the finish line in sight, we need to keep our foot on the accelerator and reinforce the role of the world of work as a strategic stage in the life cycle approach to HIV," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

September 2016

  1. Viet Nam: Poor working conditions prevalent in sex work

    16 September 2016,

    A new ILO study shows that most sex workers entered the job voluntarily but had limited control of occupational safety and health implications.

July 2016

  1. Making Health and HIV information for young people available on a mobile application

    13 July 2016,

    The ILO will support Oasis Websoft in further developing their online health application to provide information and advice on labour rights and HIV for young people in Ghana.

  2. HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing at work: Report 2015

    13 July 2016,

    ILO report on the VCT@WORK Initiative—voluntary counselling and testing for workers- launched in partnership with UNAIDS, in June 2013.

  3. Almost 5 million workers reached under ILO HIV Initiative

    13 July 2016,

    The initial phase of voluntary counselling and testing for workers—the VCT@WORK Initiative— shows encouraging results; and demonstrates that workplaces are “uniquely” placed to reduce the HIV testing gap.

  4. Actress Mariana Renata lends her voice in support of HIV testing at work

    12 July 2016,

    French Indonesian actress, Mariana Renata, has joined forces with the ILO in promoting voluntary counselling and HIV testing for workers - the VCT@WORK Initiative.

June 2016

  1. HIV and AIDS workplace policy for the engineering sector launched in Zimbabwe

    15 June 2016,

    The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Hon. Priscah Mupfumira, launched the Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS, TB and other opportunistic illnesses for the Engineering, Iron and Steel sector in Zimbabwe at a high level ceremony.

May 2016

  1. Educated, empowered, inspired: HIV risk reduced

    16 May 2016,

    A novel programme helped HIV vulnerable women in southern Africa build business to improve their lives and the wellbeing of their families.

March 2016

  1. © ILO 2017

    140 Ukrainian men and women employees took voluntary HIV test at their workplace

    31 March 2016,

    Employees of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, as well as of the State Labour Service (70 per cent women workers), including the Deputy Minister of Social Policy, Mr. Victor Ivankevych and the Head of the State Labour Service, Mr. Roman Chernega, underwent voluntarily HIV test at their workplace after an awareness raising event organized by the Ministry of Social Policy with the support from the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  2. Educated Empowered Inspired - Transforming lives through the response to HIV and AIDS in East and Southern Africa

    16 March 2016,

    Poverty, gender inequality and social exclusion continue to pose major challenges to HIV prevention efforts. Between 2011 and 2016, the ILO, in partnership with Sida, implemented an innovative economic empowerment programme amongst hard-to -reach populations in transport corridors and vulnerable communities in Southern and East Africa, with the aim of reducing their vulnerability to the HIV epidemic. This publication presents the outcomes of this innovative approach and the effects it had on its beneficiaries.

  3. ILO addressed Human Rights Council panel discussion on HIV and AIDS human rights

    11 March 2016,

    The ILO participated in the HRC panel discussion held to review progress made in addressing human rights in the context of the epidemic, and addressed the challenges yet to be overcome in efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The ILO highlighted that, to achieve this goal, it is essential to ensure effective protection of human rights at work through the application of international labour standards and implementation of workplace policies and programmes. The ILO also shared information about its Voluntary Counselling and Testing for Workers (VCT@Work) Initiative.

  4. Stand up for Zero Discrimination against LGBT people at Work

    01 March 2016,

    I mentioned to an old friend a while back that we at the ILO were carrying out research on discrimination toward lesbian, gay, transgendered people and bisexuals (LGBT) in the workplace. His response – and this was coming from a gay man mind you – was why? Why should the ILO or anyone else care about what a worker does on their own time? Read more...