Senior Management Training Program: Training of senior management on HIV/AIDS and TB is an essential component of WPI. This is a platform where the company’s senior management is sensitized to acknowledge HIV/AIDS and TB as a workplace issue and to adopt legal and ethical employment practices. This component is part of both the direct and cascading models. 1479 senior managers have been sensitized in 483 companies across Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Formation of Coordination Committee (CC): WPI companies are encouraged to form a Coordination Committee comprising of senior level managers and headed by the Chief Executive Officer or the Managing Director. This committee is entrusted with the tasks of monitoring the progress of the intervention within the company and spearheading the task of HIV/AIDS and TB policy formation. The CC ensures the sustainability of the program long after Connect has withdrawn from the companies.
Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior and Practice Survey (KABP): In most companies where a cascading model is implemented a survey is conducted at the beginning (baseline) and at the end (end line) of the intervention to assess HIV/AIDS and TB knowledge, attitude, behavior and practices of the employees. The baseline survey aids in customizing the HIV/AIDS and TB messages, while the end line measures the impact of the intervention. The results of these surveys are shared with the senior management and/or the Coordination Committee.
Training of Master Trainers: In the cascading model, to ensure sustainability of the HIV/AIDS and TB intervention within each company a group of employees across departments/units are trained by Connect as Master Trainers. This group receives a two day intensive training program on various issues related to HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, cure and treatment. Stigma, discrimination and HIV/AIDS workplace policy are also covered during this training. The Master Trainers play a dual role. They train selected colleagues as Peer Educators (discussed below) and they also disseminate information on HIV/AIDS and TB to their colleagues through formal and informal sessions.
Training of Peer Educators: The cascading model has a second cadre of educators – the Peer Educators. This group is trained by Connect as well as the Master Trainers. Their training is a condensed version of the Master Trainers training and is covered in 1 day. Peer Educators conduct formal and informal HIV/AIDS and TB awareness sessions for their fellow workers. They play a vital role in disseminating HIV/AIDS and TB related messages in the company.
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