Strengthening the Trade Unions Response to HIV/AIDS in the Workplace Education Programme in China

The programme will cooperate with All China Federation of Trade Unions to reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination, change risk behaviours among target migrant workers and promote HIV / sexually transmitted infections related service uptakes in Yunnan, Guangdong, Anhui and Xinjiang.

Background

There are an estimated 130 million rural to urban migrants in China and predictions are that 300 million rural residents may move to cities by 2020. Migrants are particularly vulnerable to HIV. Some provinces have reported that over 50 per cent of newly infected HIV cases are migrants.

The National Five Year Action Plan for Reducing and Preventing the Spread of AIDS (2006-2010) calls for effective HIV prevention. Its target is to provide effective prevention services to 90 per cent of migrant workers by 2010. A lot of efforts have been made in the last five years. However, strategic and comprehensive programmes targeting vulnerable migrants in China are still limited.

To address this issue, with Department for International Development’s financial support, the project cooperates with the All China Federation of Trade Unions, local civil society organizations including the Center for Disease Control, the Family Planning Association and NGOs, utilizing workplace programmes to reach hard to reach migrants in the sectors of construction, mining and manufacturing. The programme has developed comprehensive intervention measures in the workplace, and developed policies to protect rights of workers infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Main activities

  • Capacity building workshops / activities for ACFTU officials at national and provincial level to develop quality HIV/AIDS policy and programmes and improve their skills in programme monitoring and evaluation;
  • The establishment of HIV programmes in companies in the sectors of construction, mining and manufacturing which include integration of HIV into company training programmes, peer education training on HIV / sexually transmitted infections and reproduction health, development of company policy on HIV and provision of HIV / sexually transmitted infections and reproduction health related referral service information to workers;
  • Establishing partnerships between company trade unions, local Centers for Disease Control and local Family Planning Associations and other NGOs for the purpose of sustainability;
  • The development of Behavior Change Communication strategy and materials; and
  • Training / workshops / activities for civil society organizations and NGOs, and peer educators.

Objectives

  • Reduce HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination;
  • Change risk behaviors among target workers;
  • Promote HIV / sexually transmitted infections related service uptakes; and
  • Strengthen ACFTU’s capacity on programme and policy development.

Coverage

Programme priorities and geographic focus for the ACFTU HIV/AIDS programme link with the UN Joint Programme project in both sectoral and geographic terms in Guangdong, Yunnan, Xinjiang and Anhui.

For further information please contact:

Ms Wu Rulian
HIV/AIDS Focal Point
ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia
Tel: +86 10 6532 5091