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ILAB Technical Cooperation Project Summary

Project Title

HIV/AIDS PREVENTION IN THE WORLD OF WORK

ILAB Program

International HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program

Region/Country

Russia (Moscow region and Murmansk/Arctic Circle)

Project Duration

2003-2008

Funding Level

FY03: $667,581

FY04: $281,739

Total: $949,320

Problem to be Addressed

By late 2003, Russia was unofficially estimated to have 1.5 million cases of HIV – the highest in the region.  In seventy percent of cases, the disease had been spread among intravenous drug users (IDUs); sexual contact is the second most common means partly due to the expanding sex industry throughout Russia.  Combined with the increasing rate of heterosexual transmission, this places Russia on the verge of a generalized epidemic, particularly among those in their 20s and 30s.  It seriously threatens the future labor force and economy of Russia, as well as the health and safety of western countries. 

Target Population

  • Small and Medium-size enterprises – management, workers and their families
  • Staff of government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, NGOs, CBOs, and civil society.

Project Objectives

  • Reduced HIV/AIDS risk behaviors of employees and families form targeted enterprises;
  • Reduced level of workplace discrimination against persons living with HIV/AIDS

Summary of Activities

  • Work with a high-ranking National Tripartite Board to develop innovative strategies for involving government, employers, labor and relevant NGOs to promote and sustain workplace based HIV/AIDS prevention education programs.
  • Develop and distribute relevant information, education and communications materials.
  • Conduct presentations, workshops and provide follow-up technical assistance for employers and unions on how to implement workplace prevention programs.
  • Work with local institutions to develop a cadre of trainers who can provide technical assistance to companies on workplace prevention programs.
  • Evaluate, promote, and support successful and replicable projects that further development strategies.

Partner Organizations

Executing Agency
International Labor Organization

Main Counterpart Agency

Ministry of Labor and Social Development

Contact Information

Office of Trade and Labor Affairs
Division of Trade Agreement Administration and Technical Cooperation
(202) 693-4900

Date last Updated

March 21, 2007