WHO Director-General joins campaign "Getting to Zero at Work"

Feature story
29 November 2012

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and partnering UN agencies have launched a new campaign to fight workplace discrimination against people living with HIV.

There are more than 30 million people of working age who are living with HIV but many of them face discrimination and prejudice in their workplaces. A substantial proportion of them is young people who find it more difficult to find work because they have HIV. Health care workers, in particular, are exposed to heightened prejudice of HIV infection in many countries, while encountering more risk of infection due to workplace hazard.

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan spoke at the launch of the ILO campaign highlighting the role of the health workers who provide care to people seeking HIV services. “If countries are to achieve universal access to HIV services, one of their first steps must be to ensure that all health workers have access to effective and affordable HIV prevention, treatment and care," said Dr Chan.

WHO and ILO have been partnering to advocate for better HIV policies in the workplace, including improved occupational health standards for health workers. In 2010, WHO and ILO, have launched global recommendations to protect health workers against HIV and Tuberculosis.

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WHO Director-General at the launch of
WHO Director-General at the launch of "Getting to Zero at work" campaign, ILO, Geneva.