MANWU and Healthworks sign agreement

05 Dec 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 DEC (NAMPA) - The Healthworks Business Coalition and the Metal and Allied Namibian WorkersÂ’ Union (MANWU) on Friday signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) here to advance the health of MANWU members.
The MoU was signed between the Healthworks Business Coalition, formerly known as the Namibia Business Coalition on Aids (NABCOA), and MANWU in an effort to support national health and wellness initiatives among MANWU members.
The agreement between aims to advocate, support, mobilise and implement HIV as well as health and wellness interventions among the about 5 000 MAMWU members.
MANWU General Secretary Justina Jonas said during the ceremony that they want to play a big role in empowering their members and ensure that individuals are treated without being discriminated against.
She said this agreement aims to promote health and increase productivity amongst MANWU members.
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the diseases that are mostly associated with MANWU members.
Johanna Mbandi, the Healthworks programme manager, said they are expecting the process to commence as early January 2015.
She said HIV will be addressed at all levels, including education and treatment, and workers will be screened in order for them to be free from lifetime diseases.
MANWU members work among others with metal, in the construction sector, in engineering, with motor vehicles, with plastic and wood.