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Jul 28, 2008

A new guidebook by Asian Development Bank More Safety: A Resource Manual for Health and Safety in Infrastructure tells how to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS among workers at construction sites. The manual cites essential skills for project managers to translate HIV prevention messages more effectively into action.

More Safety: A Resource Manual for Health and Safety in Infrastructure

Publisher: Asian Development Bank, July 2008
Businesses have a unique responsibility to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in their workplace which could otherwise lead to loss of earnings, reduced productivity, loss of skilled workers and markets.


This resource manual is a practical easy to use guidebook for preventing HIV/AIDS in infrastructure projects.

It gives straightforward HIV prevention tools and skills to project managers, occupational health and safety officers, worksite health workers, and other managers on the worksite responsible for the health and well being of workers.

Developed under a technical assistance grant financed by the Poverty Reduction Cooperation Fund from the UK Department for International Development, this manual draws on the practical experience of infrastructure HIV prevention projects in China and other parts of the world.

Workers in construction sites already know a lot about HIV/AIDS, but sometimes knowledge does not translate to safe sexual behavior, according to the manual. For workplace HIV prevention, prevention messages need to be communicated frequently and in many different ways.

The manual highlights four steps to achieving this objective:

•  Building an HIV Prevention Management Team composed of three to four part-time workers who will be responsible for driving HIV/AIDS prevention in the workplace and local community.
•  Assessing the knowledge of workers on HIV and any possible risky behavior. An HIV prevention plan can then be developed to help the team understand how to deliver HIV prevention work.
•  Developing the capability of managers in HIV prevention through training and advocacy, information dissemination, working with communities, and making condoms available at the work sites.
•  Monitoring and evaluating HIV prevention in the workplace.

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