A recently completed Horizons study in Thailand examined the question of how to encourage the private sector to become actively involved in developing and improving workplace HIV/AIDS programs. The study found that the AIDS-response Standard Organization (ASO) initiative mobilized a moderate proportion of different types of companies to develop and improve HIV/AIDS workplace policies and programs. The data also reveal that companies that were eligible for the insurance discount made the greatest improvements. Thus a financial incentive combined with efforts to tap into managers’ willingness to respond to the epidemic can be important motivators for certain companies to improve their workplace environment. Despite improvements at the workplace, there was no impact on employees’ HIV-related knowledge and behavior, therefore, in future endeavors, more attention needs to be paid to the program content of HIV/AIDS workplace activities.
Baker, Simon, Srisuman Sartsara, Patchara Rumakom, Philip Guest, Katie D. Schenk, Anthony Pramualratana, Suparat Suksakulwat, Surachai Panakitsuwan, and Sikarat Moonmeung. 2004. "Using incentives to encourage AIDS programs and policies in the workplace: A study of feasibility and impact in Thailand," Horizons Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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