ILAB Program

International HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program

project title

HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program



Project Duration

2004 – 2007

Funding Level


Problem to be Addressed

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. 


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

Project Objectives

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

Summary of Activities


  • 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.

Partner Organizations

Executing Agency:
International Labor Organization
Stakeholders, Relevant Donor Agencies and NGO’s:
Ministry of Labor; and Social Affairs; Ethiopian Employers Federation; Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions.          

Date Last Updated

August 2007