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Encouraging employees to know their status in Mozambique

Against a background of rising HIV/Aids rates in Mozambique, Cervejas de Moçambique (CDM) introduced an HIV policy in 2005 to protect employees and reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by HIV-infected people in the workplace. It also launched the first phase of its ‘Know Your Status’ campaign, aimed at encouraging employees to find out their HIV status.

Two years on, in October 2007, the second phase of ‘Know Your Status’ kicked off. Over 100 employees and family members are currently benefiting from CDM’s treatment programme, which is considered to be one of the best in Mozambique. In addition, volunteers from CDM’s workforce act as peer educators to spread information about the pandemic and encourage participants in the company-sponsored antiretroviral programme to adhere to the treatment.