Trucking against AIDS
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Trucking against AIDS emerged from an agreement between ITF affiliate Satawu and the Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA) in 1997. The agreement arose from a one day strike held in protest at the refusal of the freight industry to fund any work in tackling HIV/AIDS.
The project has been up and running for three years, under the auspices of the Road Freight National Bargaining Council, and funded jointly by the RFEA and Satawu. It is based on the creation and management of road-side units consisting of two containers. One forms the clinic in which a nurse treats truckers and commercial sex workers for sexually transmitted diseases, and offers condoms and information on HIV/AIDS. The other is a classroom, where truck drivers are recruited to attend education sessions lasting 45 minutes.
The other main element of the project is peer education, which builds on evidence that information from one's own social group is most readily acceptable. Both truckers and commercial sex workers have been trained as peer educators to spread the word about the dangers and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Mobile units are now being established at national toll gates, in order to reach drivers who do not stop at the clinics. So far 266 peer educators have been trained, and 80,000 truckers reached.
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