HIV, Wellness standard endorsed

HARARE - The national standard on HIV and Wellness, which has been on the cards for the past 13 years, has finally reached approval stage.

Standards Association of Zimbabwe (Saz), the Zimbabwe Business Council on Wellness (ZBCW) and other stakeholders held the final stakeholder consultative workshop on the national draft standard ZWS D992: HIV and Wellness management system at a Harare hotel yesterday.

Saz director-general Eve Gadzikwa said the objective of the workshop was to review the draft standard ZWS D992: HIV and Wellness management system document, assess its applicability and endorse it for final publication as a national standard.

“The purpose of today’s meeting is to fulfill standards development principles of transparency and stakeholder engagement.

“This stakeholder-driven process is intended to ensure that the standard is market-relevant and provides a solution that delivers value,” said Gadzikwa.

She added that the soon-to-be-launched national standard will also provide a platform for organisations to upscale existing work-related HIV and Wellness programmes.

“HIV and Wellness is recognised as a strategic organisational risk requiring effective treatment plans.

“Organisations, more than ever before, require tools to facilitate the implementation of structured responses for effective management of these health-related risks,” the Saz director-general said.

Gadzikwa thanked the technical committee that came up with the national draft standard ZWS D992: HIV and Wellness management system for reaching the endorsement stage.

The technical committee, headed by ZBCW chairperson David Mutambara, included personnel from Delta Corporation, Fit Firm, Tongaat Hullet, OK Zimbabwe, Speedlink Cargo, Unilever Zimbabwe, Econet, World Aids Foundation, Zimbabwe Aids Prevention and Support Network and the Zimbabwe Business Council on Wellness.

The workshop on the draft national standard was officially opened by Johnson Manyakara, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Private Sector HIV and Wellness Coordinating Body (Zimpshaw).

Manyakara praised Saz and Zimbabwe Business Council on Wellness for making efforts to provide a yardstick for corporate HIV and Wellness programmes.

“Most companies lack the necessary best practice to guide them in the comprehensive management of this valuable human asset (human resources. ...Zimpshaw has, therefore, taken great interest in the development of the HIV and Wellness standard.

“This will provide the private sector and other organisations a tool that will guide them in developing more meaningful and responsive HIV and Wellness programmes,” said Manyakara.

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