HIV/AIDS Prevention in the World of Work - Barbados, Jamaica (3-1-2003 - 3-31-08)

International HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program
Project Duration
March 2003
March 2008
Funding and Year
  • Develop comprehensive workplace-based prevention and education programs addressing behavior change, gender issues, and linkages with care and support services.
  • Assist governments, employers, and trade unions to develop and disseminate a national workplace policy statement to address issues stemming from the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.
  • Support the formation of tripartite advisory committees; organization of workshops to strengthen collaboration among stakeholders; and obtain buy-in from stakeholders to plan and commit future resources to sustain the program.
  • Facilitate the formation of steering committees at private sector work sites.
  • Assess the impact of HIV/AIDS on workplace productivity.
  • Identify best practices.
  • Develop and test innovative communication approaches and materials.

The Problem

Increasing rates of infection among people in the 15-49 age group, which is the most skilled and economically active segment of the society. Fear, social stigmatization, and workplace discrimination are common and inhibit traditional prevention and education efforts from reducing the infection rate.

Our Strategy

Project Objectives:

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


Employers, workers and Ministry of Labor


Last Update: December 2006

International Labor Organization (ILO)
Implementing Partners:
Employers Organizations, Ministries of Labour, Ministry of Health, NGOs, Private sector enterprises, Trade Unions, UNAIDS
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4900 / Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA)