Scania South Africa recognised for HIV prevention work

Scania South Africa’s work to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS has won the Swedish Workplace HIV/AIDS Programme’s (SWHAP) Most Comprehensive Programme Achievement Award 2014.

The SWHAP Most Comprehensive Programme Achievement Award 2014 was presented to Scania South Africa primarily for its employee support programme.

John Viner, Programme manager at SWHAP explains: “The employee support programme assists in early diagnosis, access to treatment and continuous support for employees and their families. Currently over 90 percent of Scania’s employees are aware of their HIV status and 44 out of 55 HIV positive employees are on treatment.”

SWHAP is an initiative from the International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR) and the Swedish Industrial and Metalworkers’ Union (IF Metall) to support HIV and AIDS programmes at Swedish related workplaces in Sub-Saharan Africa.

As well as employees and short term contract workers, Scania South Africa also supports other vulnerable groups, such as truck drivers in this work. During a recent six month period for example, 1,000 drivers were screened and tested for HIV.

”The amount of activities as well as the number of people included in the programme impressed us,” Viner says. “And this successful and systematic work to prevent a further spread of HIV/AIDS in the region resulted in the SWHAP Achievement Award.”

Andreas Follér, Sustainability Manager at Scania, says: “Health and safety has always been important to Scania. The foundation to our success has been having motivated, engaged and highly skilled employees. The achievements of Scania in South Africa are a real inspiration to the rest of Scania.”

For further information, please contact:
Andreas Follér, Manager Corporate Responsibility, Scania tel.+46 8 553 700 34

Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. Service-related products account for a growing proportion of the company’s operations, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime. Scania also offers financial services. Employing some 42,000 people, the company operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles. In 2014, net sales totalled SEK 92.1 billion and net income amounted to SEK 6 billion. Scania’s press releases are available on www.scania.com   

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