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ABOUT SWABCHA

A safe workplace is sound business

ABOUT SWABCHA

A safe workplace is sound business

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The SWABCHA is the Private Sector Response to Health & Health a non-governmental organisation established by the Eswatini Business formerly known as the Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce (FSE &CC). This started as a desk of the Federation in 2001 assisting employers in the response to HIV. It is formally known as the Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (BCHA). In 2008 the desk was relaunched and registered as an independent non-profit organisation. SWABCHA has developed a strategic work plan for its implementation of activities which is more convenient for partners and clients who use SWABCHA’s services. With the ongoing shift from focusing only on HIV & AIDS to the focus on Wellness and Disease Management including HIV & AIDS, SWABCHA continues to provide a framework for expansion and improvement of the private sector’s response to workplace wellness issues informed by documented previous experiences and new opportunities. Since 2008 currently to 2023 SWABCHA has mandate by the National Strategic Framework on HIV/AIDS, to coordinate the national strategy in the private sector.

 

SWABCHA GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE


Our Current Members include

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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (TA)

: SWABCHA provides TA to management in an effort to build institutional capacity for the development and implementation of Workplace Policies, programing and all relevant systems required by the SZNS SANS 16001:2013. All SWABCHA staff members have been trained for the implementation of the standard. A generic policy guide on workplace wellness in the workplace aligned to the National Workplace Wellness Policy is available for adaptation. Adaptation process includes formulation of a steering committee, review policy guide, planning for staff awareness sessions, signing and publication of the document. A costed implementation plan/strategy will also have to be developed to action the policy. SWABCHA further assist companies to monitor, evaluate, report, and document all wellness program initiatives. Wellness Focal Persons forums are also hosted for sharing of best practises..

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WORKPLACE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS SESSIONS:

Management and Employees are reached in small groups with messages and information on wellness in their work stations. The sessions cover social and health issues that affect individuals in and outside their work life and hence affecting their productivity in the workplace or vice versa. Social dialogues cover issues from marriage and relationships, stress and depression management, sexual reproductive health, preparing for retirement, personal finance management, and gender issues inclusive of Gender based violence and sexual harassment. Direct health issues will include mostly prevention and management of major chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, heart problems, TB, HIV-AIDS, and other health issues of public concerns as directed by the Ministry of Health. Dialogues are initially facilitated by SWABCHA staff, at times external resource persons, and later capacited Wellness Champions can take over on the topics. These sessions run for 1 -2 hours depending on the needs of the clients..

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CONDOM DISTRIBUTION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGN:

SWABCHA commits to supply both male and female condoms at your door-step. In line with the government regulations, condom demonstration sessions on correct use of condoms will be conducted aimed at improving actual condom use beyond uptake. Condoms can also be fetched from SWABCHA offices at no cost. SWABCHA also provides free condo-cans for members.

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PHYSICAL WELLNESS:

SWABCHA promotes physical wellness amongst employees. An aerobics instructor is provided by SWABCHA to facilitate a session on aerobics onsite or as per the requirements of the company. Those who need SWABCHA to speak on the importance of Physical fitness, an instructor or trainer is provided to conduct the session. Linkages with qualified dieticians and/ nutritionist is made where necessary..
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WELLNESS CHAMPIONS PROGRAM)

: SWABCHA assist in the appointment and training of Wellness Champions to the maximum proportion of 1:20 employees and encourages male and females to be represented as well as representation from the shop floor to senior management. A guideline is given to member companies. In some instances a representation per department or workstation is recommended. SWABCHA has developed a 4-day training manual that helps to standardize all trainings. The SWABCHA Peer Educator training covers areas including: HIV/AIDS and TB, Sexual Reproductive Health, prevention and management of major chronic illnesses, redefinition of femininity and masculinity, facilitation and communication skills and basic counselling skills. This trainings are reviewed yearly. In addition the training develops the decision making skills of the participants whilst empowering them to be able to make client referrals, provide commodities such as condoms and deliver services such as psycho social support. A two-day refresher is recommended after 6 months of the initial training for de-briefing and the rejuvenation of the team. Additionally there is an Annual Wellness Champions (Peer Educators) Day for experience sharing, learning, and celebrations held at national level..

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MOBILE WELLNESS CLINIC::

The mobile or onsite Wellness Clinic provides a range of screening services with the aim of preventing and management of particularly non-communicable diseases. These clinical wellness services include blood glucose, blood cholesterol, blood pressure, Tuberculosis, HIV screening, Body Mass Index, Syphilis screening, VIA, and Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment in a matter of minutes together with a counselling session. The counselling ensures that clients are given all the necessary attention they deserve. Referrals and linkages for further diagnosis or treatment is done at the convenience of the client. Clients who need to conduct Male Circumcision are referred to specific private doctors at no cost. A client record card is issued and used to record the results of the screenings conducted. .

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SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR CHANGE COMMUNICATION MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT:

Relevant SBCC materials are developed as per the information and message that will have to be communicated. A bottom up approach is used when developing or reviewing materials. The process seeks to empower beneficiaries to identify barriers to behavioural and social change and what is required to address these barriers and take action. Some of the materials are developed with the assistance of the Ministry of Health for the private sector companies.

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FAMILY HEALTH AND FUN DAY:

Numerous service providers and partners get to be invited to set up information desks and provide services by SWABCHA during either the sports days or family days. The role of SWABCHA is to assist the company to have an effective family or sports day..
 

Activities and Events


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