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EMPLOYEES WELLNESS PROGRAM

Employee Workplace wellness is an organized, employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and, sometimes, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviours that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization. The program is based on employee’s needs, companies need to establish a core set of interventions from an available menu of options that includes a mix of program (education and coaching), body health screenings, policy formulation and implementation, support systems and counselling, and those programs that target physical activity, nutrition, and alcohol &tobacco abuse by employees.The Swaziland Business Coalition on Health and AIDS advocates that all workplaces in Swaziland must have running effective wellness program. This program must ensure that HIV/AIDS & TB form part of the agenda of the health issues

OUR VALUES

  • Professionalism

  • Integrity

  • Confidentiality

  • Timely

  • Proactive
  • OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

  • To coordinate and strengthen an effective private sector response by 2020

  • To increase and improve the quality of private sector HIV & wellness programs by 50 % by 2020

  • To increase access to HIV and Health services in the private sector by 80% by 2020

  • To expand the sources of support for the private sectors' HIV and wellness programs by 2020
  • Wellness Program Systems


    Setting up and aligning Wellness Program Systems

    SWABCHA works on wellness guided by the Swaziland National Wellness and Disease Management Systems (SZNS SANS 16001:2013). The standard has been adopted from the South African National Standards. Trainings on the standard in Swaziland are done by the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA). As part of implementation and setting up of a wellness program the following systems and documents must be put in place and SWABCHA does give technical guidance and expertise.
    Evidence Based Programming (Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviours & Practices Survey)
    The Wellness Program activities are crafted to align with and address identified practices and knowledge gaps on the ground. This model measures, tracks, and modifies progress in line with the baseline information. Health screenings are further conducted to substantiate the findings of the survey. Therefore, before any wellness program is established a KABP survey must be conducted results of which will be used for the running of the program. Wellness program priorities differ from company to company hence the need to carry out a business case analysis for each company. A wellness program is reviewed every 24 months therefore a KABP survey is done every 2 years.
    In-house Program Coordination and Support
    There is a need to identify, capacitate and strengthen individuals to serve in the support structures for the program. These are the Wellness Program Officer or Focal Person, Steering Committee, and Wellness Champions (Peer Educators). These people, working closely with management, constitute the backbone of the program by fulfilling strategic goals and objectives of each body, together working towards a shared program goal of developing and sustaining healthy behavior amongst employees.
    Management Capacity Building
    A day of enlightening management on the program’s underlying principles, components and their role in implementation is very important. This process lubricates for effortless management support and participation in the program. This further allows the employers to find ways of ensuring that their employees benefit from services provided by their medical aids (e.g. SwaziMed Medical Scheme Wellness Screening services)
    Wellness and Disease Management Policy Development or Review
    SWABCHA also assists the wellness steering Committee to develop or review any current wellness policy in the light of the KABP Survey findings to legitimize all efforts geared towards improving employee health. A wellness policy should be in line with the National Wellness Policy covering all health conditions. Other policies such as workplace sexual harassment policy and gender policy are further developed if they are not well captured in the Wellness Policy
    Internal information, education, and life coaching
    SWABCHA facilitate workplace based information sharing and education forums. These sessions comprise formal and informal discussions in topical areas of concern for employees. Employers are further encouraged to dedicate some time for monthly or quarterly employees wellness sessions. Employees are also encouraged to form their wellness support groups with the assistance of the Wellness Champions. A corporate health and Wellness calendar is made available yearly by SWABCHA in consultation with the Ministry of Health.
    On-site health products and wellness clinic services
    The program covers the distribution of condoms and lubricants to all worksites; provision of mobile or onsite wellness clinic screening services which are inclusive of blood Glucose, blood Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, HIV testing and counselling services, TB screening, Syphilis Screening, VIA, and Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment. SWABCHA is obligated to provide a comprehensive report of activities conducted to each workplace.
    Monitoring and evaluation
    The SWABCHA conducts periodic monitoring and evaluation to assess the progress and effectiveness of the program together with the efficiency of the support structures. This process allows for any necessary re-strategizing and innovative enhancements to be incorporated to improve program effectiveness. The M&E department further assist to feed national health data of private sector companies’ involvement in employees’ health and wellness, such a report assist also the Federation of Swaziland Employers & Chamber of Commerce in their annual ILO meetings report on HIV based programs implementation within Swaziland workplaces.

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