The Jamaica government says it will soon table before parliament a White Paper on the National Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS. The policy which is based on the International Labour Organisation’s principles, is a framework for action by the government, employers and workers to deal effectively with HIV/AIDS in places of employment.

Minister Falconer said the policy takes into consideration the effects of HIV/AIDS on the most productive segments of the workforce and will facilitate the development of a working environment in which the rights of workers infected and or affected by the epidemic are protected.

Among its many objectives are: strengthening the legal framework for HIV/AIDS as a workplace issue; reducing HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination; and strengthening of the capacity of the organisations to provide care and support for persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

“The policy will also assist in the development of a caring, supportive and responsible working environment that will protect all of our workers and we hope that it will lead to the reduction of HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination and also reduce HIV/AIDS transmission,” Falconer said. – from The Jamaica Observer

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