International HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program - Ethiopia

HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program
Project Duration
January 2004
December 2007
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 obtaining 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 productivity in the workplace.

The Problem

Ethiopia is one of the sub-Saharan African countries hardest-hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  An estimated three million adults and children are currently living with HIV, and over one million have AIDS. Estimates of the adult HIV prevalence rate in Ethiopia range from 0.9-3.5%. AIDS is the leading cause of death among the 20-49 years age group, the most productive segment of society.

Our Strategy

Reduce HIV/AIDS risk behavior of employees and families of target enterprises. Reduce the level of workplace discrimination against persons living with HIV/AIDS.


Ministries of labor and civil servants, employers’ organizations, trade unions, transportation industries; workers and managers.


Last Updated:
August 2007


International Labor Organization (ILO)

Implementing Partners:

Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions, and Social Affairs, Ethiopian Employers Federation, Ministries of Labour

Contact Information: (202) 693-4900 / Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA)