WHO and ILO have released a new policy brief entitled Workplace HIV self-testing: implementation approaches and sustainable funding. This webinar will disseminate the main conclusions and messages of this policy brief. The main elements of the guidance note will be presented in a short presentation, which will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on the country case studies presented in the guidance note. The panel will discuss opportunities and barriers as well as the way forward for a sustainable implementation of HIV self-testing in the workplace.
June 22, 2022 – 13:00-14:15 CEST (11:00-12:15 UCT)
|Welcome and introduction to the webinar||Wole Ameyan, WHO|
|Launch and preview of the new WHO-ILO guidance note on sustainable funding for HIV self-testing in the workplace||Muhammad Jamil, WHO|
|Interaction with implementers: a closer look at the country case studies presented in the brief, including questions and answers from participants
||Moderated by Syed Mohammed Afsar, ILO|
|Maintaining and developing the HIVST at work: reflections and remarks||David Maman, the Global Fund|
|Closing remarks||Chidi King, ILO and Rachel Baggaley, WHO|
|Vote of Thanks and Closing||Lycias Zembe, UNAIDS|
Offering HIV testing services, including HIV self-testing, in formal and informal workplaces has emerged as an effective, acceptable and feasible approach to reaching men. In 2018, WHO and ILO produced a guidance note on Workplace HIV self-testing, which provides guiding principles for implementing HIV self-testing in the workplace using a rights-based approach of consent, confidentiality and non-discrimination. This new WHO-ILO guidance note Workplace HIV self-testing: implementation approaches and sustainable funding highlights early experiences of implementing HIVST in workplaces and discusses emerging sustainable financing approaches that can be adapted for HIVST in workplaces. The first part of the guidance note describes emerging experiences in implementing HIVST in workplaces using country case studies. The second part of the note identifies financial approaches that could support sustainable implementation. These approaches include public financing mechanisms such as general government revenues and social and national health insurance and private financing, such as private health insurance and financial and in-kind support of workplace programs led by companies.
These guidance notes are the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programs at WHO and the Gender, Equality, Diversity and the inclusion of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which also manages the ILO’s program on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work.