HIV and AIDS

Motor industry ready to fight HIV

The Eastern Cape has a 21.7 percent HIV prevalence rate, the sixth highest in the country. This has an impact on the workforce in the motor industry, one of the biggest employers in the region.

Two years ago East London-based motor giant, Daimler Chrysler, took a stand and introduced an HIV/Aids policy.   Other employers in the region have since followed their example. According to Luthando Mbida, Human Resource Officer at Daimler Chrysler, the combined HIV status in the company’€™s three plants located in Pretoria, Pinetown and East London is 8.7 percent. This number will decrease, says Mr Mbida, because of ongoing education and information offered by peer educators, management, doctors and medical staff. Thandeka Teyise of Health-e News visited the region to examine the success of these HIV programmes.

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Thandeka Teyise