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Gulu Municipal Council formulates binding HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy

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The twenty years of LRA led war in Northern Uganda led to displacement of thousands of people to towns and urban Centers.
The effect of displacement, poverty, powerlessness and social instability has led to escalating HIV/AIDS' prevalence in Camps, townships and Municipalities where many people migrated for safety.
To date, HIV/AIDS has affected several people including employees at different level at different work stations.
But, little is still being done to guard employees against dismissals from work, stigmatization and discrimination.
Gulu Municipal Council has formulated a binding HIV/AIDS workplace policy to safeguard infected employees from inhuman treatment and being undermined while at work.
The policy highlight 15 key areas related to non-discrimination and stigma workplace environment; confidentiality and privacy and protection of the rights of the affected and infected employees.
The Policy states that employees and councillors with HIV/AIDS shall continue working for as long as they are able to do so without discrimination, harassment, or mistreats.
The Policy indicates that Employment, training, promotion and benefits shall not be based on one's HIV status. It also says pre-employment testing shall not include HIV testing.
Christopher Achire, the Gulu Municipality Mayor, said the policy applies to all council departments and will help to mainstream different activities.
Achire said work in some key departments in the municipality has already been grounded by the disease. He said the disease remain a challenge to not only Gulu Municipality but the country at large.
The mayor said unless the country draws from the council example more, more skilled workmanship will continue to abscond from work in fear of stigma and discrimination.
Richard Onyango, the Gulu municipality development officer said any staff of the council that would violate the policy would be subjected to very tough disciplinary measures in accordance to the national regulations and standards to reduce risks of accidents.
He said the council is drafting by-laws that would enforce the set policies.

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