First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda says employers have a huge responsibility of providing the necessary HIV/AIDS workplace policies to cater for the wellbeing of the workers and their families.
Speaking at a retreat for the Zambia Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (ZBCA) in Lusaka today, Dr. Kaunda said the private sector is the engine of development and therefore needs healthy workers in order to play its rightful role in the country’s economy.
Dr. Kaunda who is also Patron of ZBCA, commended the coalition for ensuring that the corporate world remains committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
He said ZBCA has over the past seven years developed a track record in supporting the implementation of HIV/AIDS workplace programmes.
The former head of state said the coalition has gained experience in a wide range of issues regarding policy formulation, workplace programme formulation and support for the implementation of HIV/AIDS workplace programmes.
Dr. Kaunda added that ZBCA has also embarked on a three year strategic business and operational plan which comprises recruitment and retention of workers, coordination of technical service provision and support for national efforts.
He however noted that ZBCA faces challenges of inadequate resources resulting in an outstanding K73 millionin staff dues.
He urged the Board and staff of the organisation to come up with innovative ways addressing the challenges.
And ZBCA Chairperson Chriticles Mwansa said for ZBCA to maintain its position as a focal point organisation in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the private sector, there is need for member organisations to assist in mobilizing resources for the organisation’s activities.
Mr. Mwansa who is also ZRA Commissioner General, pledged the secretariat’s commitment to helping member companies establish policies that mitigate the effect of HIV and AIDS in workplaces.
ZBCA is a coalition of companies aimed at supporting HIV/AIDS workplace programmes.
It was launched in 2000 and currently has a membership of 73 companies.