Workplace response to HIV/AIDS and the effect of HIV/AIDS on the carriers and occupations of the infected urban population

Bateesa, Carole Sekimpi (2009-03)

Thesis (MPhil (Industrial Psychology. HIV/AIDS Management))--University of Stellenbosch, 2009.


The Uganda government through the ministry of health, collaborating with several NGOs and donors has done a commendable job in arresting the medical effects of HIV/AIDS. This has been done through provision of ARVs and treatment of opportunistic infections. As a result, Uganda has enjoyed a lot of international praise for its response to the medical effects of HIV/AIDS. However, inadequate attention has been paid to the epidemics social economic effects. It is known that HIV mostly affects young people in their years of economic productivity. These people spend eight or more hours of every day in their work place but despite this; work places especially private institutions have not taken steps to respond to the scourge of HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS work place policies have not been formulated, and in some cases, they are on paper but no implementation is being done. Consequently, HIV/AIDS still affects the carriers, income and occupational activities of infected workers. This study reveals that the working population is generally ignorant about workplace HIV/AIDS policies, and their relevance to workers living with HIV/AIDS. A significant proportion of the respondents have lost jobs because of their HIV status, while majority affirm that living with HIV/AIDS has affected their occupations, carriers and income

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