UN Cares is a world wide work place programme for UN staff members designed to reduce the impact of HIV in the place of work by supporting “universal access” to a comprehensive range of benefits for all UN personnel and their families. These benefits – known as the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards – include information and education, voluntary counselling and testing, access to male and female condoms, and emergency prevention measures in case of accidental exposure. The Standards also call for increased measures to stop stigma and discrimination.Namibia UN Cares promotes improved health and psychosocial wellbeing through workplace initiatives. Although the focus is on HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes, issues regarding prevention of none communicable diseases (NCDs) are also included.
What we do
We provide information to staff members on HIV prevention, treatment, Care and support. We also ensure provision of information regarding service providers.
Why UN Cares Matters
Although Namibia has made significant strides in reducing new HIV infections, HIV continues to pose negative impacts to on human capital through reduced productivity as a result of ongoing morbidity and mortality. Even in countries where HIV is less visible, the UN has an obligation to act and provide staff with alternative mechanisms to enhance their wellbeing. Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon has made UN Cares a priority, through the development and promotion of the HIV workplace policy for UN
staff members and their families, stating his determination “to make the UN a model of how the workplace should respond to HIV.”
UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards
We implement the programmes according the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards. These are:1. Information about UN policies and benefits related to HIV. 2. Information about preventing transmission of HIV and accessing services. 3. Learning and training activities on stigma and discrimination.5. Voluntary counseling and testing. 6. Insurance covering HIV-related expenses. 7. Confidential handling of personal information. 8. First aid using universal precautions. 9. Rapid access to PEP starter kits. 10. Managerial commitment.
These benefits of UN Cares:
The programme helps save lives and improve staff well-being, reduce stigma and discrimination, and sustain the UN’s capacity to do its core functions • It establishes a common implementation framework to implement the UN Personnel Policy on HIV/AIDS; • It serve as a model for UN reform process by “Delivering as One” by ensuring a workplace programme that builds on existing mandates of various UN agencies, while eliminating duplication of effort.Finally the Financial Impact Study of HIV and AIDS on the UN Workplace commissioned by the UN demonstrates that that reaching 80% of UN personnel with the package of UN Cares information and services could save the United Nations US$57 million over the next six years as compared to a do-nothing scenario.