Building trade union capacity to combat HIV/AIDS in Nigeria
TUC Aid project
Building trade union capacity to combat HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, supported by DFID
In 2009, the TUC secured funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) under the Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) for the implementation of a workplace initiative to combat HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. The three-year Building Workplace Capacity to Combat HIV/AIDS Project launched in partnership with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in July 2009 was successfully completed in June 2012, and a project completion report was compiled in December 2012.
Project outcomes included:
A total of 22,977 workers attended the two Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) facilities in Abuja in 2010-12, far in excess of the initial target of 9,000.
- 431 trade union officials trained under the project took part in counselling colleagues on HIV prevention and in collective bargaining on the protection and promotion of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.
- The information and education campaign and other awareness-raising activities organised at workplaces by the participating unions were attended by trade union members and reached some 600,000 members of the six participating unions, their family members and achieved significant measured changes in attitudes, stigma, discrimination and prevention.
- Workplace policies on HIV/AIDS were developed by participating unions with the technical expertise provided through the TUC. Training and educational material produced under the Project contributed significantly to the awareness-raising of the need for HIV/AIDS prevention and enforcement of the rights of the affected workers.
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