The knowledge, attitudes and practices of West Rand health district stakeholders towards HIV and AIDS policy procedures at workplaces

Nkwana, Refilwe Mmapula (2013-03)

Thesis (MPhil)--Stellenbosch University, 2013.


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: HIV and AIDS is one of the major threats to the world of work. The knowledge of the epidemic and modes of transmission are important to inform all interventions in a mainstreamed fashion to address both internal and external responses to HIV and AIDS (Human Science Research Council, 2005).According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (2007), Organization and companies has conducted studies on knowledge, attitudes and practices or behaviour within its workplace and have found it to be very useful practices for the development, as well for the monitoring and evaluation of HIV and AIDS programs. This study used quantitative methods through quota sampling in selecting 50 employees in west rand health district stakeholders where 40% managers, 50% nurses and 10% union stewards. The researcher used self administered questionnaire to establish the knowledge, attitude and practices of WRHD Stakeholders towards HIV and AIDS Policy procedures at workplace to improve service delivery. The results findings of the total respondents shows that employees have received training and have acquired HIV and AIDS knowledge, that‟s showed positive attitudes towards people living HIV and AIDS at workplace but they were not satisfied with practices of the HIV and AIDS policy procedures at workplace. Majority of the respondents showed that the HIV and AIDS policy procedure not user friendly, not comfortable to disclosure their HIV status, and Safety , care and support protocols not enforced on all concerned staff. Recommendation are provided to that the employer should work together within different and relevant program by ensuring that training team is fully involved together with human resource and employees wellness program and other relevant NGOs.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Volgens PricewaterhouseCoopers (2007) het verskeie onderneming studies gedoen oor die kennis van en houding en persepsies oor MIV/Vigs in die werksplek en is hierdie soort studies uiters noodsaaklik gevind ten einde die nodige agtergrond te hê om behoorlike intervensieprogramme in te werksplek van stapel te stuur. Hierdie studie is by die West Rand Health District Stakeholders (WRHD) gedoen en het „n kwantitatiewe studie van bestuurders , verpleegsters en vakbondamptenare behels. Bevinding dui daarop dat respondente wel behoorlike opleiding in MIV/Vigs gekry het en dat hulle kennisvlakke ten opsigte van die pandemie besonder goed was , maar dat julle nie tevrede was met die gebruikersvriendelikheid van werksplekprogramme in MIV/Vigs nie. Voorstelle word in die studie gemaak vir die daarstelling van meer effektiewe en meer gebruikersvriendelike MIV/Vigs-programme binne die werksplek ten einde te verseker dat dit inpas binne ander menslike hulpbron- en welwees programme van ondernemings.

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