Benefits of a wellness program
Setting up and aligning Wellness Program SystemsSWABCHA 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.