Thailand To Bolster Measures Aimed at Protecting Employees With HIV/AIDS, TB
Several Thai government agencies are working to strengthen a project aimed at protecting workers living with tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS by encouraging the private sector to provide adequate care for employees, the Thai News Service reports. Thailand's Department of Labor Protection and Welfare, the Social Security Office, the Department of Communicable Disease and the AIDS-Response Standard Organization, or ASO, last week signed an agreement pledging to continue the ASO-Thailand Project. Labor Minister Uraiwan Thienthong at the project signing ceremony said that providing care to employees will benefit businesses. She added that workers who have HIV/AIDS or TB should not be forced to resign because both diseases can be treated. Businesses that elect to join the ASO-Thailand project and pass the examination will receive ASO-Thailand certificates, Uraiwan said (Thai News Service, 3/3).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.