Project Title


SMARTWork:  The Workplace Response to AIDS

ILAB Program

International HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program



Project Duration

September 2001 – September 2008

Funding Level

$652,000  FY2001

$200,000 FY 2005 (PEPFAR)
$500,000 FY 2006 (PEPFAR)
$350,000 FY2007  (PEPFAR)

Total:  $  1,702,000

Problem to be Addressed

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.


Private Enterprises, Workers, People Living with HIV/AIDS, Employer Groups, Trade Unions, Ministry of Labor

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

  • Develop comprehensive workplace-based prevention and education programs addressing behavior change, gender issues, and linkages with voluntary counseling, 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.
  • Identify best practices.Develop and test innovative communication approaches and materials.

Partner Organizations

Executing Agency
Academy for Educational Development (AED)

Stakeholders, Donor Agencies and Relevant NGO’s:
Ministries of Labor; Employers Organizations; Trade unions; Private sector enterprises; UNAIDS; NGOs

Contact information

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

Last updated

August 2007