UN Joint Programme Strengthening HIV/AIDS responses

    Funding mechanism: One UN Fund for Mozambique

    Project budget:
    1,023,165 USD


    The primary objective of the UN Joint Programme is to strengthen the HIV response in Mozambique. Specifically, it intends to “empower individuals, civil society, national and local public and private institutions to halt the spread of HIV among populations at higher risk and to mitigate its impact”.

    The component under the ILO’s responsibility as part of this joint action at country level is the following:

  • Mainstreaming HIV and Gender: The objective is to establish a national mechanism to build a critical mass of civil society experts in mainstreaming HIV and gender. This component will also contribute to building the capacity of national civil society organizations to support their members in mainstreaming HIV and gender in their interventions.

    The ILO intervention under the Mainstreaming component of the UN Joint Programme aims to support the response to HIV and AIDS in the workplace for formal and informal stakeholders through mainstreaming HIV into the core work of private sector organizations.

Key activities

The HIV Joint Programme consists of two key components where the UN can offer significant added value, namely in the areas of (i) Prevention and Youth and (ii) Mainstreaming HIV and Gender.

Key activities include:

  • Assistance to trade unions and informal sector associations - such as the Informal Sector Workers' Association of Mozambique (ASSOTSI) and the General Union of Co-operatives (UGC - cooperative apex organization) in developing HIV and AIDS programmes and strategic plans;
  • Support to social partners, including employers, workers as well as ASSOTSI, the Local Economic Development Agency (LED) in the Manica and Sophala provinces to sensitize and implement HIV and AIDS activities in 70 organizations and local communities;
  • Assistance to 20 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the development of HIV and AIDS workplace policies
  • Assistance to ASSOTSI in the Manica, Sofala and Maputo provinces in implementing HIV and AIDS activities targeted at informal vendors;
  • Assistance to the trade unions represented by the Organization of Mozambican Workers in the Manica, Maputo and Sofala provinces in training 100 HIV peer educators; and
  • Development of HIV and AIDS sensitization campaigns in 150 SMEs in the Manica and Sofala provinces.