(Xinhua) -- The UN labor agency on Monday urged Kenya’s
private sector to increase their investments to enable the country
reach global targets on HIV.
Hellen Magutu Amakobe, National
Program Coordinator of HIV and AIDS of Focal Point
Social Protection at the International Labor
Organization (ILO), told Xinhua in Nairobi that Kenya
has made tremendous progress in reducing the rate of new
“There is still complacency amongst
the private sector which we want reversed through new
investments so that there is a more robust response to
HIV in order for Kenya to achieve global HIV target of
no new infections by 2030,” Amakobe said during the
launch of the truck driver wellness initiative.
The initiative is a partnership
between Swedish Workplace HIV/AIDS Program, Kenya
HIV/AIDS Business Council and the National Transport and
Amakobe said the private sector has to
compliment the government efforts in order to ensure
that Kenya becomes free of HIV.
In Kenya, the ILO has partnered with
labor union, employers and government in a bid to
promote decent work through health wellness.
She noted that ILO is keen to
accelerate the end of the HIV epidemic due to the
devastating social-economic effects of the disease.
She added that while the rate of new
infections has generally gone down, the rate of
reduction is not occurring fast enough.
The ILO official said that long
distance truck drivers are vulnerable to HIV infections
due to the nature of work.
“Together with our partners we have
put in place mitigation strategies to ensure drivers are
prevented from HIV infections while those who are HIV
positive have access to treatment,” she said.