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ILAB Technical Cooperation Project Summary

ILAB Program

International HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program

project title

HIV/AIDS Prevention in the World of Work



Project Duration

January  2005 – June 2009

Funding Level


Problem to be Addressed

There is 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.  UNAIDS estimates the adult HIV prevalence rate in Cameroon to be  5.4%


Ministries of labor and civil servants, employers’ organizations, trade unions, workers and employers

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 care and support services.
  • Assist governments, employers, and trade unions to develop and disseminate a national workplace policy statement to address 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

Date Last Updated

August 2007