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WFP: HIV/AIDS Training for Transport and Contract Workers

WFP moves large quantities of food, thus contributing to the transport, port and rail sectors’ activity and mobility, which may be causally linked to the increased spread of HIV. The “do-no-harm” principle in performing humanitarian assistance requires that WFP take responsibility for the consequences of its interventions – including the spread of HIV to transport and contract workers (TCWs), sex workers, and members of local communities.

Since WFP is in daily contact with many companies providing transport, shipping, port, rail and porter services to move WFP food along the supply chain, WFP can play a key role in encouraging them to involve their staff members and contract workers in HIV/AIDS training.

Training Objectives

The objectives of WFP’s HIV/AIDS training intervention are to: 

  • Increase and improve HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices (KABP) of target audiences;
  • Mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on workplaces and communities through a greater understanding of the epidemic; 
  • Lessen stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS; 
  • Increase support for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) and their families through broader knowledge of the needs for care and support and appropriate ways to provide this to individuals, families and to community-based initiatives; 
  • Decrease gender-based stigma and discrimination by focusing on all the training topics in gender-sensitive ways.

Training Topics

WFP’s HIV/AIDS awareness training curriculum includes the following topics, which will vary in breadth of coverage according to local conditions and the prevalence of HIV: 

  • HIV/AIDS prevention and living healthily, including harm reduction; 
  • HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support; 
  • Related issues such as sexual exploitation, stigma and discrimination; 
  • A list of available health service providers and other local resources. 

This document provides guidance on the basic steps for strategically choosing programme partners and appropriate training providers or a team of trainers, together with a separate guide called “Taking Action” for planning the training intervention. Methods for monitoring and evaluating the intervention according to WFP standards are described. 

Examples of WFP HIV/AIDS awareness building interventions in the transport, port and rail sectors are summarized, as well as tips to help achieve overall and sustainable programmatic success. Lessons learned by NGOs and donors in these sectors in similar interventions in various countries are also included. Finally, a glossary of terms for quick reference concludes the main document. 

This document also includes a wide variety of information gleaned from similar operations over nearly 20 years of field programme experience on HIV/AIDS interventions for men in the transport and port sectors. It serves as a key resource for WFP to respond more effectively to the HIV/AIDS pandemic by involving those who work in WFP’s core business – food delivery – to contribute to the global HIV/AIDS response. In addition, WFP can use its position as the leading humanitarian agency in the world to make a greater impact in stemming pandemic growth in the future. 

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