Developing & Implementing Your Workplace HIV Policy


The national HIV and AIDS epidemic is recognised not only as a health issue but also a developmental one. It is estimated that over 20,000 persons are living with HIV in Trinidad and Tobago and 73% of new infections occur among persons between the ages of 15 – 49 years. HIV/AIDS therefore poses a threat to the world of work in that it affects those who are of prime working age. It has been estimated that the average annual loss of GDP attributable to HIV/AIDS in Trinidad and Tobago for the period 1992-2002 was US$45M. The Health Economic Unit of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine has projected that in a few years Trinidad and Tobago will lose about 4% of its annual national income which amounts to approximately TT$2.4B if the spread of HIV/AIDS continues at its existing rate.

Linked to the economic loss, is the loss in productivity and performance of workers as well as the reduction in the size of the labour force as HIV/AIDS affects those of prime working age. Additionally, workers with HIV/AIDS face discrimination in the workplace resulting in loss of employment, denial of access to opportunities such as training and promotion, and exclusion.

In 2008 the government of Trinidad and Tobago approved the National Work place Policy on HIV and AIDS for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, this policy recognises that the workplace is an under-tapped resource for addressing HIV and call upon all workplaces to develop and implement workplace programmes to support HIV prevention and the reduction of HIV related stigma in the workplace.

Workplaces therefore need the requisite skill and training to develop workplace programmes. This programme aims to equip participants with the skills needed to develop and implement a workplace programme to mitigate the impact of HIV in the workplace. The programme is guided by the National Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and ILO recommendation 200. The training will be hands-on practical skill building workshop which will provide participants with an accurate interpretation and understanding of the principles of the National Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS for Trinidad and Tobago, the key components of an appropriate workplace response and will facilitate the participants in the development of their own workplace programmes.

At the end of the two days participants will leave with a draft plan and the next steps that they can take back to their workplaces to implement.

Target Audience

  • HR managers
  • EAP managers
  • Occupational safety and health managers/practitioners
  • HIV/AIDS focal points in workplaces

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this programme, participants should be able to:

  • Have a clearer understanding of the socio-economic impact of HIV and AIDS in the workplace.
  • Identify their roles and responsibility in implementing the national workplace policy on HIV and AIDS for Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Formulate the best system to address HIV in their workplace.
  • Design a workplace HIV programme using the appropriate model for their workplace
  • Develop a plan of action and budget to implement the their workplace programme

Programme Outline

Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • National HIV epidemic

    • Update on the National HIV statistics
    • Work-pedemics-the national statistics and the workplace
  • Understanding and Interpretation of the national workplace policy on HIV and AIDS for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

    • Role of government
    • Role of employers
    • Role of workers
  • Analysing Models for addressing HIV in the workplace

    • OSH model
    • HR model
    • EAP model
    • others
  • Designing and developing your workplace response


Currently pursing an Executive Master in Business Adminstration Ms. Kathleen Fergusson-Stewart is a Behaviour Change Communication Specialist, HIV Experts International Trainer, National leader in addressing HIV and AIDS.

She has been responsible for the completion of the National Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinidad and Tobago contribution to ILO recommendation 200, the ILO recommendations for addressing HIV and AIDS in the workplace, and provides ongoing technical support and training to workplaces seeking to address HIV.
She has been recognised as a National Leader in addressing HIV and AIDS in Trinidad and Tobago by the United States International Visitors programme and invited to participate on a five state tour of US HIV programmes and policies by the US Ambassador.


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Time 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration 2 Days
Cost TT $4,000.00 (inclusive of training materials, refreshments and Certificate of Participation) 
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.
Venue Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
Max Richards Drive,
Uriah Butler Highway, North West,
Mt. Hope


Tel: 645-6700
Fax: 662-1411


Tamara Edwards - ext. 157
Rameshwar Santlal - ext. 123



Certificates will only be issued to participants who have attained a minimum attendance rate of 75% for the duration of the course.

Course Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy

Arthur Lok Jack GSB (ALJGSB) reserves the right to cancel training at any time. If ALJGSB cancels the training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, you are entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your course fee can be credited toward a future training, based upon availability (providing payments have been made before original advertised date).

ALJGSB reserves the right to reschedule training at any time. If ALJGSB reschedules training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, the training will take place at the next available time. Participants will be informed via phone and/or e-mails.



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