Zimbabwe Business Council To Create Steering Committees To Strengthen Response to HIV/AIDS in Private Sector
The Zimbabwe Business Council plans to create provincial steering committees with members from the business community to strengthen the response of the private sector to HIV/AIDS, ZBC Executive Director David Mutambara said Monday, the Herald/AllAfrica.com reports.
Mutambara said the committees will be a resource from which members can be selected to represent the business community on national committees and HIV/AIDS task forces. "We want to rationalize the communication and expression of the business voice," Mutambara said, adding, "We are at the stage of setting up structures."
The Zimbabwe Business Council on AIDS, which was created in 2004, is a private sector program that seeks to address HIV/AIDS among workers and promote growth in the business sector. ZBCA encourages businesses to implement comprehensive HIV/AIDS policies. Mutambara said that about 28 of the council's 30 members have workplace HIV/AIDS policies.
According to Mutambara, ZBCA plans to expand its services beyond large private and public companies to small, medium and micro businesses. He also said the council plans to increase its coverage to all regions in the country (Herald/AllAfrica.com, 5/13).