Wellness Service Achievements

 

2016

§  WBCG Wellness represented Civil Society Organisations of Namibia at PEPFAR Country Operational Plan Review in South Africa.

§  Wellness testing in Omusati reached record-breaking numbers.

§  AIDEX Africa was impressed with the WBCG Wellness model after WBCG was the only Namibian company selected to represent at the event.

§  WBCG Wellness and the Ministry of Health and Social Services sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

§  WBCG Wellness awarded the Namibia HIV/AIDS Hero Awards for company most active in the HIV fight in the Private Sector.

 

2015

§  WBCG Wellness Service collaborates with Ministry of Health and Social Services and screens over 500 people in the World Aids Day campaign.

§  Society for Family Health (SFH) donate four PIMA CD4 count machines to the WBCG Wellness Service. We are one of the first to receive this machine which enables us to determine the strength of the immune system of an HIV patient. 

 

2014

§  The WBCG Wellness Service reaches more then 7497 mobile and key populations with its HIV testing service. 

§  Establishment and launch of Roadside Wellness Clinics/Centres at the Oshikango Border Post.

§  Introduction of CD4 count testing at all WBCG Roadside Wellness Clinics/Centres.

§  Launch of the GIZ sponsored mobile Wellness Clinic in Windhoek.

§  The WBCG Wellness Service was invited to participate and showcase at the first ever Health Public Private Partnership (PPP) Conference by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

 

2013

§  The WBCG signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dessert Soul. This MOU aimed to create awareness and HIV prevention interventions amongst migrant populations through social and behaviour change and communication (SBCC) strategies in the Zambezi region until December 2013. This agreement would optimise our sensitisation campaign that was lacking behind due to funding.

§  Increased preventive and health seeking behaviour as demonstrated by high participation rates during wellness campaigns.

§  The Society for Family Health through the support of USAID donates a Crafter 35 model mobile wellness clinic to the WBCG Wellness Initiative.

§  GIZ through the German-Namibia cooperation donates a mobile wellness clinic/truck and four (4) PIMA CD4 count machines to the WBCG Wellness Initiative.

§  Moonlight testing for mobile populations is introduced at major hotspots around the country.

 

2012

§  The WBCG officially launches and commences the implementation of the first Roadside Wellness Centre under the SADC Cross Border HIV initiative at Oshikango.

§  The WBCG signs a 12-month “cost sharing” agreement with Dessert Soul to support the Behaviour Change and Communication component of the SADC Cross Border Project.

§  The WBCG signs an agreement with the Society for Family Health to facilitate the implementation of HIV/AIDS Workplace and Corridor based programmes for key populations including long distance truck drivers.

§  Peer Educators Training Manual developed for mobile workers.

§  Regular morning HIV/AIDS and general wellness awareness sessions conducted with transport workers in collaboration with trained peer educators.

§  An increased demand for male and female condoms as a result of our efforts.

§  Group workplace policy and Guide developed and is currently being implemented

 

2011

§  WBCG & North Star Alliance opens second Roadside Wellness Centre at Roads Authority Weighbridge in Katima Mulilo.

 

2010

§  Senior Management Commitment gradually increasing and the Help Desk increased its membership base from fourteen (14) in 2009 to sixteen (16) members in 2010.

§  Comprehensive Workplace Programmes implemented for all current members of the WBCG Wellness Service.

§  Increased awareness and knowledge amongst transport workers (at all levels) as per the WBCG mini-audit and KAPB surveys, (2012)

§  Increased awareness on preventive and health seeking behaviour.

§  Increased commitment and involvement of management in HIV/AIDS Wellness events through signed agreements  with companies.

§  The WBCG HIV/AIDS Help Desk included in the National Strategic Framework Document on HIV/AIDS response in Namibia (2010-2015) as part of recognition for its HIV/AIDS projects/interventions in the transport sector.

§  The WBCG secures two (2) year funding from the SADC Secretariat/Global Fund to implement an HIV/AIDS Cross Border Initiative at Oshikango and Katima Mulilo border areas.

§  The American Cultural Centre through the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Programme became the second agency after GTZ to support the WBCG   HIV/AIDS Help Desk.

§  A Steering Committee was established comprising of transport operators from participating member companies and key role players, i.e. Ministry of Finance and the official bargaining trade Union, NATAU.

§  Identification and appointment of Focal persons within every member company mandated to coordinate HIV/AIDS related activities, supervision and monitoring of Peer Educators.

§  Over 80 Peer Educators trained during the first two years of project implementation.

§  Peer Educators Support Group Forums was established. These Forums continue to bring together trained Peer Educators from different participating member companies in order to share experiences and skills, and by so doing, enabling them to know one another and also learn from others’ experiences.

§  A Group Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS is developed, adopted and launched and is currently in its implementation stage.  A simplified version of the Policy titled “Guide to the Group Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS” with comics was also developed.

§  The WBCG Wellness Service takes the leading role in coordinating the commemoration of World AIDS Day for the broader transport sector.

§  WBCG Wellness Service is nominated to serve on the National AIDS Executive Committee (NAEC).

§  The WBCG with the support of GTZ launched the Truckers Health Information Toolkit at the Roads Authority Brakwater Weighbridge in Windhoek. The Ministry of Health and Social Services approves a WBCG request to have a health official attached to the WBCG wellness team to ensure that health policies, protocols and guidelines are adhered to.

§  The WBCG Wellness Service participates in a transport sector national Workplace Programme Consultation meeting held in Walvis Bay by the Private Sector HIV Workplace Network.

§  The WBCG signs an agreement with the Corridor Empowerment Project (CEP) with a donation of a Mobile Wellness Clinic in order to provide free, confidential, anonymous and voluntary counselling and testing services for HIV, glucose, cholesterol, heamoglobin, syphilis, hepatitis B, blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI) for transport workers in Namibia.

§  The Ministry of Health and Social Services approves and certifies the first WBCG Mobile Wellness Clinic to operate as an outreach point for wellness screening activities in the transport sector.

§  The WBCG officially launches the first Wellness Mobile Clinic for the transport sector in Windhoek.

§  The Ministry of Health and Social Services and the SADC Secretariat sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the WBCG to facilitate the implementation of the SADC Global Fund Cross Border initiative at Oshikango, Katima Mulilo border areas.

§  The WBCG in partnership with the Ministry of Works and Transport and members joined forces and commemorated the World AIDS Day event in Windhoek.

§  The WBCG reaches 1560 employees with workplace wellness screening testing campaigns from seven (7) member companies within the first three months of implementation.

§  The WBCG signs a three (3) year HIV Workplace Wellness Programme funding agreement with the Society for Family Health.

 

2009

§  First documentary showcasing the work of the WBCG HIV/AIDS Help Desk on ‘The Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Transport Sector’ is aired on NBC.

§  Facilitated the first ever Peer Educators Award Ceremony for the Transport sector.

§  The WBCG Wellness Service initiative secures funding from SADC through the Global Fund Round 9 to facilitate the implementation of cross border HIV/AIDS initiatives.

 

2008

§  Jowells Transport (Crossroads) becomes the first transport operator to conduct on-site  HIV testing for its employees.

§  The WBCG HIV/AIDS Help Desk develops five (5) year strategic plan (2008 – 2012).

 

2007

§  The WBCG signs financing agreement with GTZ to support HIV/AIDS Workplace Wellness  Programmes.

§  The WBCG HIV/AIDS Help Desk conducts first mini-audit with its members.

 

 

2005

§  The WBCG establishes an HIV/AIDS Help Desk to facilitate the implementation of  HIV/AIDS Workplace Wellness Programmes for the transport sector.

§  Campaign to obtain senior management support for HIV/AIDS Workplace Wellness Programmes in the transport sector kicks off.