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Evaluation of HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy at Nkhotakota District Council, Malawi

Version 1 : Received: 27 April 2020 / Approved: 28 April 2020 / Online: 28 April 2020 (09:51:15 CEST)

How to cite: Mbulaje, P.; Muula, A. Evaluation of HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy at Nkhotakota District Council, Malawi. Preprints 2020, 2020040493 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0493.v1). Mbulaje, P.; Muula, A. Evaluation of HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy at Nkhotakota District Council, Malawi. Preprints 2020, 2020040493 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0493.v1).

Abstract

The evaluation was conducted to find out whether the stipulated objectives of the policy are being followed, and at the same time find out whether the envisioned results of implementing such policy system have been achieved so far. The evaluation was expected to provide an opportunity for mending shortfalls of the whole system that would affect its sustainability and usefulness.A total of 33 participants were interviewed in this study and came from the study area (Nkhotakota District Council Office). Purposive sampling was used to select the participants. All study respondents were purposively selected where respondents considered having relevant information and they were interviewed to obtain wide range of perspectives.Seven themes were identified; knowledge on policy, limited stakeholder involvement, poor HIV and AIDS programming, ethical issues, future perspective of the policy, Other Recurrent Transaction (ORT) allocation, and availability of HIV and AIDS Committee. On knowledge on policy, the sub-themes included; objectives well outlined, and poor updates on the policy. On limited stakeholder involvement, the sub-themes were; lack of ownership, ignorance of involvement, and not involved/limited involvement. On the Poor HIV and AIDS programming theme, sub-themes identified were; exclusion of activities in the District Implementation Plan (DIP) and lack of funds. There was one sub-theme on ethical issues and future perspective.We found that the Nkhotakota District Council HIV and AIDS at workplace policy is not functioning properly due to poor coordination and lack of funding. However, there are some positives identified such as existence of the coordinating committee and allocation of funds through ORT. Although the system has been functional for some years in well-established structures, lack of participation by some stakeholders, non-inclusion of HIV and AIDS activities in the DIPs underpin its sustainability

Subject Areas

HIV; HIV at workplace; District Implementation Plan; HIV and AIDS; Stakeholders; Funding

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