Workplace Infectious Diseases

The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) have developed several initiatives to manage infectious diseases in the workplace, with various partners like the Health Promotion Board (HPB). These are available to all workplaces in Singapore on a complimentary basis. Click on these links to find out more on the individual initiatives:

HIV Video

Objective: Local and overseas qualitative studies have highlighted that those diagnosed with late-stage HIV cite perceived workplace stigmatisation and discrimination as one of the reasons for not getting tested earlier. Removing stigmatisation and discrimination would encourage earlier testing and treatment, which has been shown to be highly effective in preventing onward transmission. As part of efforts to help Singapore achieve its commitment to eliminate the spread of HIV, SNEF, HPB and NCID have developed a short video to promote HIV awareness, reduce stigmatisation and discrimination in workplaces.

Target Audience: All staff in general

Type: Self-initiated

Mode: Screened on any digital signage available at your workplace (e.g. along walkways, office lobbies, in lifts, on shuttle buses, staff rest areas, event areas), at staff events (e.g. townhall, meetings, briefings, orientation), emails to staff (e.g. newsletters), downloadable file on a network drive, or any other mode relevant to your organisation

Screening Period & Frequency: Depending on the mode, your organisation may wish to screen the video for several weeks (especially annually leading up to World AIDS Day), at multiple staff events, and periodic emails to staff

Video Duration: 4 minutes

The video can be accessed via YouTube online video

 

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HIV Awareness Campaigns

Objective: Local and overseas qualitative studies have highlighted that those diagnosed with late-stage HIV cite perceived workplace stigmatisation and discrimination as one of the reasons for not getting tested earlier. Removing stigmatisation and discrimination would encourage earlier testing and treatment, which has been shown to be highly effective in preventing onward transmission. As part of efforts to help Singapore achieve its commitment to eliminate the spread of HIV, SNEF and HPB have posted several articles in various local and regional publications. View them here:

 

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Guidelines on Managing HIV in the Workplace

SNEF had published guidelines for employers to manage the incidence of HIV in the workplace, as part of Singapore’s commitment to achieving the three zeros: Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths. The main guidelines document contains a detailed report on the HIV situation and its recommendations, whereas the accompanying implementation guide functions as a “quick guide” for more concise reference. View them here: 

Workplaces can play an integral role in reducing stigma and prejudice towards HIV in Singapore.  Without stigma and prejudice, people would be less deterred towards earlier detection and treatment, which in turn would reduce the spread of HIV in the community.  By pledging your support, your workplace recognises the need to eliminate discriminatory practices, as well as encourage others to show their support. 

 

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Other Resources

 

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