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When Standard Bank created its HIV management programme, it asked these three questions. You should too...

by , 25 November 2014
Creating an HIV management system requires a certain level of analysis and assessment. After all, you have to determine what your company's HIV risk really is.

And not just that. You have to determine how your company's HIV risk and management plan will really work.

For example, if you offer John free HIV testing, how will you convince him to undergo the test?

That's why asking particular questions when you start planning your HIV management system is essential.

Standard Bank asked these three questions before it create its system and you should too...

 
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Here are the three questions Standard Bank asked when it created its HIV management system

 
When it created its HIV management system, Standard Bank asked:
 
1. How could it increase its level of uptake for voluntary HIV counselling and testing (VCT) services?
It answered this question by finding ways to encourage employees to use VCT programmes.
 
2. Would prevalence surveys be valuable to other industry sectors? 
It answered this question by finding out how surveying its prevalence (the percentage of employees with HIV) could improve HIV management within the banking industry.
 
3. How could it maintain enthusiasm from employees who joined after the initial campaigns?
It answered this question by finding strategies to keep its employees motivated and aware of its HIV management system.
 

Here's how Standard Bank used these answers

 
Standard Bank used the answers to create a system that focused on building a HIV/AIDS workplace programme based on communication for a financial services company. The programme included:
 
A life-threatening disease policy for employees in South Africa. It later extended this to its other operations in Africa.
 
An education and prevention programme that worked on many different levels including a strong focus on volunteer employee champions to increase awareness around HIV and to effect behavioural change.
 
Its 'Know Your Status' (VCT) campaign aimed to increase the awareness created during its banking sector prevalence survey. 
 
External employee wellbeing service provider (Independent Counselling and Advisory Services (ICAS)), to ensure confidentiality and uptake. It did the survey shortly after it launched the programme and found over half its employees now knew their status.
 
Medical benefits, including access to ARVs where necessary, through the bank's medical aid, 'Bankmed'. Bankmed launched an HIV/AIDS Managed Care programme. Standard Bank have enrolled around 300 employees and their dependants in the programme since it launched.
 
Professional confidential counselling support on a broad range of topics, including HIV/AIDS. The current rate of use indicates 16% of employees access the service each year, of which 2% discuss health and HIV/AIDS-related issues.
 
So what questions should you ask yourself when you create an HIV management system for your company?
 
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Ask these three questions when you create your company's HIV management system

 
1. How can I get employees to voluntarily undergo HIV testing and counseling?
2. Can my company's statistics help others in my industry?
3. How do I stop employees becoming dismissive about my HIV management system?
 
By asking these questions you can create a system that encourages employees to take control of their own health and protect themselves against HIV.
 
To find out more about how to train your employees on HIV prevention, check out HIV - Training in a Box.
 


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