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Vision: To be THE representative of all employers in Namibia

Mission: A catalyst for socio-economic growth and sustainable employment

Slogan: The voice of employers in service of employers

For info on how to implement a Wellness Program or HIV/AIDs Policy and Programme please contact nefosh@nef.com.na

HIV/Aids & Wellness

The HIV pandemic has become one of the most critical workplace issues of our time. In addition to its devastating impact on working women and men and their families and dependents, HIV affects the world of work in many ways. Stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS threatens fundamental rights at work, undermining opportunities for people to obtain decent work and sustainable employment.

HIV/Aids in the workplace

By adopting the ILO Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work (R200) in 2010, the ILO's member States reaffirmed their commitment to prevent HIV and address discrimination in the workplace. Recommendation R 200 builds on the ILO Code of practice on HIV/AIDS. It is the first international labour standard for the protection of human rights at work for persons living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Namibia

Namibia is in a unique position when it comes to HIV and AIDS. Since the start of the epidemic, Namibia being classed as a developing country received donor funding for the fight against HIV and AIDS. Namibia has recently been elevated to an Upper Middle Income Country (UMIC), which is great for our country, however this has led to donor funding such as PEPFAR and Global Fund being withdrawn.

What will happen next?

Namibia has been very successful in ensuring universal treatment access for people living with AIDS and HIV and great success has been made in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Because of the inevitable withdrawal of donor funding, Namibian will have to look into other ways of continuing this fight.

In this regard a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been agreed upon between the Namibian Employers' Federation (representing the Employers), the National Union of Namibian Workers (representing the employees) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare as contacts for administering this memorandum. Though the memorandum does not constitute a legally binding agreement, it is meant to strengthen the existing relationship between the NEF, NUNW and MOLSW and that these parties acknowledge a moral compulsion to adhere to provisions and principles therein.

NEF commitment

Through its members (employers) the Namibian Employers' Federation commits:

To encourage companies to participate actively in the design and implementation of comprehensive HIV/Aids and Wellness Workplace policies and programs
To encourage adjustment of current human resource policies to actively engage and prevent HIV and AIDS and the contribution to the national response and enable staff at all levels to fully participate in the various activities within the workplace program during and after working hours
To motivate and source internal and external funding for the implementation of HIV and Aids and Wellness Workplace Programs and for the mobilization of additional resources for other tripartite partners.
To encourage its members to fully comply with the provisions of the relevant national policy and legal guidelines and will strengthen monitoring and advisory capacity to assist their members in compliance
The NEF will consider introducing incentives for their members, such as awards or certificates of compliance with the above mentioned policy and legal provisions and the implementation of HIV and AIDS and Wellness Workplace Programs.

For full memorandum of understanding, click here (www.ilo.org - PDF).













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