BackgroundThe ILO responds to HIV epidemic by providing technical assistance and support through a range of workplace program. The most recent ILO-UNAIDS joint initiative VCT@Work has been implemented in Indonesia since December 2013. The initiative has made notable progress in improving awareness of the workers and private sector partners, facilitating HIV Counselling and Testing and creating linkages with treatment and care support for workers tested HIV positive.
The program conducted in 2017 focused by providing support to the AIDS Commission to reach more port workers with HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT). Particularly, the activities built capacity of seafarers’ unions on HIV workplace program, to support preventive efforts as well as to reach more workers with HCT, in Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya.
As a follow up of the training, Surabaya AIDS Commission thanked the ILO specifically, as they were able to work closer with union, as never before. They succeeded in improving their achievement target by almost 400 workers by collaborating closely with union participating in the training.
In the momentum of World AIDS Day 2017, Surabaya AIDS Commission requested the ILO support to reach even more workers with VCT@Work.