Stellenbosch University acknowledges that employees living with HIV and AIDS have a right to equality, dignity and privacy, and also acknowledges the seriousness of the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
The workplace programme is aligned with the vision and mission of the
Stellenbosch University Office of the Institutional HIV Coordinating Committee (OIHCC) and aims to heighten awareness, prevent the spread of infection through education and training and collectively creating an environment for all personnel, free from unfair discrimination on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
The programme for HIV/AIDS offers:
Awareness raising which includes:
Health promotion and prevention on HIV and AIDS related issues, including condom distribution.
Support to the infected and affected personnel.
Peer Education training for personnel
The Office for Institutional HIV Coordination (OIHC) adopted a Shared Vision:
“By 2012 there are no new infections on campus. University management, institutional units, staff and students are working together to enable leadership, health seeking behaviour and quality education needed to effectively respond to the challenges of HIV and Aids in South Africa, and the African continent.”
With this vision statement, Stellenbosch University commits itself to an outward-oriented role within South Africa, in Africa, and globally of creating an HIV free future.
Office for Institutional HIV Co-ordination – Universiteit Stellenbosch website: www.sun.ac.za/hiv
Staff Peer Educator Programme
The first Stellenbosch University Staff Peer Education programme was piloted in November 2008. 14 staff members from various university departments were recruited to enroll (see picture below). Training took place in November 2008.
A second group of staff members were subsequently trained during the months of April and May 2009.
The Staff Peer Education programme was initiated to address specific HIV messaging tailored to the needs of the staff at Stellenbosch University.
We have to remember that staff members face different challenges than students. As parents, community leaders and professional service providers, staff members fulfil many different roles in their work and personal lives and often underestimate the impact of their work on their families, colleagues and wider community. This programme aimed to train individuals to be both knowledgeable on the issue of HIV but also to be able to communicate and discuss aspects of sexual health with fellow staff members, their families and the community.
The trained peer educators will assist the university in promoting sexual health services to staff, facilitating training and awareness activities and providing feedback to the Wellness Programme on the needs of staff regarding HIV and sexual health.
Back row (From L-R): Reynold Heneke, Harold Siebritz,Merwin Koopman,Dirkie Willemse, Arthur Pohl, Lester King, Maureen Kennedy (Wellness Coordinator)
Middle row: Nadia Goliath, Denile Samuels, Nellie Snyman
Front row: Frances Meyer, Irene Isaacks, Crystal Hendricks, Belinda Coetzee
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