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aidsfocus.ch e-Bulletin 22.06.2004

aidsfocus.ch e-Bulletin 22.06.2004
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Jun 22, 2004

ELECTORNIC BULLETIN OF THE SWISS PLATFORM ON HIV/AIDS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

THE ELECTRONIC BULLETIN OF THE SWISS PLATFORM FOR HIV/AIDS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION June 2004


Dear Reader,

When in your life were you first confronted with HIV/AIDS on a personal level? As an answer to this question related most of the participants of the workshop “Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in development cooperation” of sdc to experiences in the context of development work. For many of them, a field visit or placement in Africa brought them for the first time in close contact with people living with HIV/AIDS. In Switzerland, HIV/AIDS is by now largely considered as a chronical disease. In other parts of the world, however, the epidemic impacts very directly and drastically the personal and professional life of people and communities. This may be when the husband or close relative of a person you work with dies, or when a friend or business partner learns from the doctor that he is infected. Or when project interventions just do not get off the ground because too many people get ill or die, and when more and more children are forced to take up the responsibilities of adults.

Very often we find little sharing of personal experience and fears on HIV/AIDS among colleagues in the coordination office or in the field. How can this silence be broken? How can we learn to deal with these challenges in an adequate and effective way? Cinfo, the Centre for Information and Counselling and a partner organisation of aidsfocus.ch took up the issue and designed a workshop on life and work in a world affected by AIDS. This newsletter highlights this workshop and the learning from it – and invites you to participate.

Organisations and institutions are challenged by HIV/AIDS too. HIV/AIDS is a serious workplace issue. This is due to the fact that employees and workers are affected and infected by it. Moreover, the workplace is part of our daily life and an important arena for open discussion and reflection, for the promotion of solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS, for sensitisation, education and prevention. To design and implement a comprehensive workplace programme on HIV/AIDS is important.

Helena Zweifel aidsfocus.ch


SHOWCASING A PROJECT


HIV/AIDS: A CRUCIAL PART OF CINFO’S PREDEPARTURE TRAINING

As a platform offering pre-departure and re-entry services for professionals in the field of international cooperation, cinfo is in contact with many future or returning expatriates. Over the recent years, a growing number of them have shared their difficulty in dealing with HIV/AIDS during their missions, at personal, social, professional and intercultural levels. The nature and the intensity of these challenges is usually unexpected, and expatriate staff, as well as their accompanying partners, do often feel unprepared to cope with these challenges.

Within this context, cinfo has designed a specialised programme that picks up three crucial elements to enable development workers to be effective implementers of development programmes, taking into account the central dimension of HIV/AIDS and the new policies the pandemic requires. Indeed, it is one thing to know the theories and policies, but it is another to be skilled to handle HIV/AIDS in a culturally sensitive way, as a honest development partner, and/or as a sexually active person.

First, the programme addresses the human element, namely "How do I as an individual from within my culture cope with being effective and human in the face of the demands that HIV/AIDS will make on me?" This involves taking the time to reflect on the challenges HIV/AIDS presents to one's own values and beliefs. For example, how do I feel about my child being cared for by someone with HIV/AIDS? How do I handle demands of various kinds that will be made on me by close friends and colleagues whose family members will be struggling with the virus?

Second, the programme raises awareness of the need to change the way of thinking when designing development responses in an HIV/AIDS affected environment. This includes the imperative to mainstream HIV/AIDS in all programmes. And very importantly, it requires analyzing the interlinking social, economic and political impact, visualizing the medium to long term consequences, and labelling the shifts that are required in each social system to accommodate the impact. This is the first step towards mitigation planning.

Third, the challenges and complexities of intercultural communication are addressed within an AIDS impacted environment. How do expatriates and friends and/or colleagues from the host country bridge cultural differences, in terms of perception, ways of communicating, attitudes, and values? Simulations and case studies invite participants to reflect on their own challenges in a very concrete and real way.

The workshop facilitators have developed and tested tools that help take participants through a reflective and analytical process complemented by case studies taken from real situations. The workshop also analyses real scenarios to help participants be open to the complexities of mitigation development planning and to help them become a significant change agent.

http://www.aidsfocus.ch


DOCUMENTS ON HIV/AIDS AND THE WORLD OF WORK


IMPLEMENTING THE ILO CODE OF PRACTICE ON HIV/AIDS IN THE WORLD OF WORK

An education and training manual. The world of work has been recognized as a key arena in which the fight against HIV/AIDS can be fought. The ILO developed the Code of Practice which contains fundamental principles for policy development and practical guidelines. A comprehensive, modular training manual has been prepared to guide the use of the Code by ILO's constituents and other stakeholders. It is an education and reference document as well as a tool for training, a framework for social dialogue and a guide for action. Each module is designed to involve people in active learning through the presentation of key issues, case studies, diverse learning activities, and samples of legislation, policies and collective agreements.

The modules: HIV/AIDS: the epidemic and its impact on the world of work; HIV/AIDS and human rights; Workplace action through social dialogue: the role of employers, workers and their organizations; A legal and policy framework on HIV/AIDS in the world of work: the role of government, etc. Available in English and French.

http://www.ilo.org


WOMEN, HIV/AIDS AND THE WORLD OF WORK

This briefing from the International Labour Organization (ILO) claims that governments, employers, and trade unions have vital leadership roles to play in changing attitudes and practice regarding women in the world of work and the community at large. The paper in the Integration of gender sensitive HIV/AIDS workplace programmes stresses that each part of a comprehensive workplace programme on HIV/AIDS covering prevention, care and the protection of rights needs to be gender sensitive.

http://www.eldis.org


EMAIL DISCUSSION: STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION IN WORKPLACE/INSTITUTIONS

The discussion on Stigma-AIDS, focusing on stigma and discrimination in the workplace/institutions started on June 7, 2004. Stigma-AIDS and the Moderation Team would welcome your thoughts and responses to these questions: What, if any, stigmatising attitudes and/or policies have you faced in your workplace? How much is stigma sustained by the organisation, and how much by individuals? What, if anything, has facilitated people's comfort in disclosing their HIV status to co-workers? Does the organisation have adequate workplace policies around HIV to create a safe and supportive environment for HIV-positive people? If you would like to join the Forum, send an email to: join-stigma-aids@eforums.healthdev.org

http://archives.healthdev.net


HIV/AIDS RELATED HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

Reader of the Medicus Mundi International Conference in Tönisvorst, November 2003. The relation between Aids and HRD is seen as one of the priority topics for MMI, a complex topic that has not been considered much. AIDS has led to deterioration in the field of HR, and sufficient and qualified HR is seen as a major asset in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Order a copy at: info@aidsfocus.ch. Soon available online

http://www.medicusmundi.org


NEW RESOURCES


TREATMENT AND CARE - READER OF THE AIDSFOCUS CONFERENCE

Bulletin No 93 of Medicus Mundi Switzerland - the Reader of the conference "Living with HIV/AIDS. Treatment and Care for All" - is now available. Papers presented at the conference are complemented with further aspects of holistic approach to treatment and care for all (issues of equity, gender, patents and prices). Additional articles highlight experiences of Swiss NGOs and their partners regarding AIDS treatment and supporting activities in Africa. You may access the Bulletin on line or order a copy at: aidsfocus.ch, Medicus Mundi Suisse, P.O. Box, 4013 Basel, info@aidsfocus.ch

http://www.medicusmundi.ch


FIRST EDITION OF THE WHO "3 BY 5" NEWSLETTER

WHO "3 by 5" published the first edition of their newsletter, which will be produced once every two months and "aims to provide an insight into some of the work going on around the world by WHO and partners to increase access to treatment". Readers are generously invited to contribute and send stories or articles "on prevention and treatment to better capture action in different countries" and regions.

http://www.who.int


YOUTH AND HIV/AIDS - A NEW WEB SITE

HIV/AIDS is hitting the world's young people hardest. More than half of the 14,000 people newly infected each day are under 25 years old; most of them are girls. But despite the disproportionate burden they carry, young people are routinely disregarded when strategies on HIV/AIDS are drafted, policies made and budgets allocated.

The partnership website was developed by UNICEF in collaboration with Kaiser Family Foundation, BBC Service Trust and UNAIDS with the simple goal of providing policymakers, journalists, academics and activists with the tools to place the world's two billion young people and children at the centre of global and national HIV/AIDS policy, programme and investment strategies. This website is intended to serve as a knowledge resource and advocacy tool on the issue of young people and HIV/AIDS.

http://www.youthandhiv.org


EVENTS


11.07.2004 | XV INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE

Bangkok | The XV International AIDS Conference, taking place in Bangkok July 11-16, 2004, links community and science to galvanize the world's response to HIV/AIDS through increased commitment, leadership and accountability. The theme "Access for All" reflects the need for all groups, including scientists, community workers and leaders, from all levels, from the field, the public and private sectors, to have access to all resources developed after 20 years of living with HIV/AIDS.

http://www.aids2004.org


30.08.2004 | AIDS VACCINE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Lausanne | The Conference will emphasize the topics of therapeutic vaccines and the role of developing countries in the research for HIV vaccines. This scientific meeting will bring together more than 1200 researchers from all over the world active in the field of AIDS vaccines. August 30th-September 1st.

http://www.aidsvaccine04.org


16.09.2004 | MAINSTREAMING HIV/AIDS IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

sdc, Ausserholligen | What does mainstreaming HIV/AIDS mean and how is it done? Collaborators of SDC, SDC programme officers (headquarters and Coofs) and in NGOs, consultants and interested professionals in the field of international cooperation who would like to integrate HIV/AIDS in their work are invited to participate in this training on mainstreaming.

http://www.deza.admin.ch


27.09.2004 | LEBEN UND ARBEITEN IN EINEM VON AIDS GEPRÄGTEN UMFELD

Biel | Aids nimmt auch einen grossen Stellenwert im beruflichen und privaten Leben der im Ausland lebenden MitarbeiterInnen der IZA ein. Das Ziel dieses cinfo-Seminars ist es, die TeilnehmerInnen zu unterstützen, damit sie mit diesen Herausforderungen besser umgehen können.

http://www.cinfo.ch


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aidsfocus.ch is a project set up by Medicus Mundi Switzerland. aidsfocus.ch is sponsored and shaped by partner organizations who support the aims and activities of the platform through their financial contributions, expertise and commitment.

Partners: AIDS & CHILD, Bethlehem Mission Immensee, cinfo, CO-OPERAID, Déclaration de Berne, Fondation Terre des hommes, Fédération Genevoise de Coopération, HEKS, IAMANEH Switzerland, medico international Switzerland, mediCuba-Suisse, REPSSI, SolidarMed, Swiss Aids Federation, Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, Swiss MIVA, Swiss Red Cross, Swiss Tropical Institute, terre des hommes – Switzerland, World Vision Switzerland.

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