Germany supports WBCG wellness programme

21 Jun 2013 08:00
WINDHOEK, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - The German government through the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on Friday entered into an agreement with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) to support its HIV/AIDS response in the Namibian transport sector.
A representative from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Annegret Al-Janabi, and WBCG's Chief Executive Officer Johny Smith signed the N.dollars 900 000 agreement here for a period of five years.
Al-Janabi said the contribution is reviving the long partnership with the WBCG in running its activities since 2003 when the WBCG HIV help-desk was established.
?The contribution will assist Namibians in the transport sector to have access to necessary health information and go for HIV testing at the mobile clinics along the transport corridors,? said Al-Janabi.
On his part, Smith welcomed the contribution, saying it will make meaningful contribution toward the company's wellness programme in ensuring that long-distance truck drivers receive health services even beyond the workplace.
?The sponsorship will strengthen the response capacity of the WBCG and transport sector companies' responses in delivering HIV/AIDS information and services,? he said.
In 2011, the South Africa Corridor Empowerment Project (CEP) handed over a fully-equipped mobile wellness centre to the WBCG value at N.dollars 441 864 to render health check-ups to employees in the transport industry.
Smith said the company has contributed immensely to the national HIV/AIDS response programme in terms of providing conducive platform for transport workers to know their HIV and general health status.
He said the project reached out to 2 853 transport workers in 2012, and out of this, 504 workers tested positive for HIV and were referred to care and support services.