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Published on 25 Jun 2016

The SACTWU Worker Health Programme over the past 18 years



Published on 18 July 2016

E-News interview with SWHP CEO Colleen Khumalo



Published on 4 Mar 2016

SACTWU (The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union )

A brief look at SACTWU's Worker Health Program and its empowerment of Women and Youth in the fashion and textile industry in the Republic of South Africa.

What started 18 years ago as a response to the HIV health needs of workers has grown into a programme that understands the need for holistic solutions to drivers of HIV infection. This includes meaningful interventions that prevent its spread by enabling different facets of individual and community wellbeing.



Published on 25 Jun 2016

The month of June is youth month, and there has been a lot of focus on matters affecting the youth.

As the month draws to a close, we are reminded of the main health issues facing youth today. One of the major ones is the problem if the increasing incidence of HIV especially amongst young girls between the ages of 15 and 25.

This calls for renewed looks into HIV prevention campaigns. Whereas condom usage has been widely promoted, disturbing reports show that only 52% of youth used condoms in the last year. South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, yesterday launched the National HIV prevention campaign for young women. This is a 3-year multi-sectorial campaign that seeks to decrease infection rates in girls and young women. The campaign will not only target these young females it will include all members of society including males.

One of the prevention strategies for female to male HIV transmission is through male circumcision.

Now there are mainly two ways in which our youth get circumcised. The one way is as part of the traditional practice of rite of passage into manhood. Incidentally schools have just closed for the winter break, and for some, this is the time when young boys head to the mountains for the traditional practice. The problem we have witnessed over the years is that some of these youngsters end up with major complications that include sepsis, bleeding and sadly death.

The other is the so-called Male medical circumcision.

So today we examine the subject of male circumcision. We look at how circumcision can contribute to HIV prevention strategies and how best we can achieve the balance between maintaining our cultural practices and traditions and achieving safer circumcision outcomes for our young men.

Our guests today include the South African Deputy Minister of Traditional Affairs, Director National MMC Program from the NDOH, A MMC Surgeon, Gauteng Regional MMC director from Careworks, and a young man who successfully underwent MMC to share his experiences with us.