Papua New Guinea Coalition To Implement Programs Against HIV/AIDS

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The Papua New Guinea Business Coalition Against HIV/AIDS plans to work with businesses inthe country to implement the coalition's policy on HIV/AIDS in the workplace,Rod Mitchell, CEO of the coalition, said recently, the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier reports.

According to Mitchell, the coalition trains business leaders to educate workerson policies and principles regarding HIV/AIDS. The coalition also helpsbusinesses develop and coordinate the involvement of other stakeholders inimplementing HIV education into the workplace. Dominica Abo -- director ofAnglicare Stop AIDS, which implements HIV education programs in businesses --said companies in the country need to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and trainingfor workers.

Mitchell said HIV is spreading throughout the country because of low condomuse, multiple sex partners and high rates of sexually transmitted infections.In addition, underdevelopment of transportation and infrastructure, internaleconomic migration, the low status of women and violence against women also arefueling the spread of HIV in the country, Mitchell said (Papua New GuineaPost-Courier, 2/1).

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