Event Title: Celebrating & Learning from Five Years of Global HIV/AIDS Workplace Programming
Sponsor: Academy for Educational Development (AED)
Location: AED - Academy Hall, 8th Floor
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2006
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Approximate Number of Attendees: 95
Intern Attending: Saadiqa Lundy
Speakers: Deputy Undersecretary Carter; Matthew Roberts, Past Project Director, SMARTWork; Gessy Aubry, Country Coordinator, SMARTWork Haiti; Abiodun Adetoro, Country Coordinator, SMARTWork Nigeria; Natalya Lukanova, Country Coordinator, SMARTWork Ukraine; Patrick Burke, Country Coordinator, SMARTWork Vietnam; Susan Rogers, AED; Paula Church, Kristen Weeks, British Robinson, Victor Barnes.
Today marked the end of the six year long SMARTWork (Strategically Managing AIDS Responses Together in the Work Place) Project. The SMARTWork project was a
The first speaker, Deputy Undersecretary James Carter, spoke about the negative impact HIV/AIDS has had on the labor force. According to Carter, there are 40 million people currently living with HIV and 36.5 million working people infected with the disease. This devastating epidemic is taking a major toll on the most economically productive age group.
The SMART Work Project represented an important step in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. According to past project director Matthew Roberts, bringing labor, business and government together resulted in a strong program. With each sector working together, new HIV/AIDS policies were created and eventually implemented in the workplace. As the four coordinators shared their experience with SMARTWork, they illustrated how coordination between different sectors made success possible. For instance, Gessy Aubry, the SMARTWork coordinator for
Mr. Abiodun Adetoro’s experience with SMARTWork was a bit different from that of Ms. Aubry. Mr. Adetoro had two years experience with SMARTWork as the Program Manager in
Ms. Natalya Lukanova, who worked in
The panel discussion ended with a presentation from Susan Rogers about macro-level SMARTWork results. According to
The event concluded with a second panel, which addressed the topic, “Where Do We Go from Here?” The majority of the panelists agreed that targeting the informal sector should be the next step.For more information about the SMARTWORK Project, please visit www.smartwork.org.