U.N. Office in Kenya Calls for Contractors To Provide Health Care Coverage, Including HIV Care, to Workers
July 23, 2003
A United Nations official in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday said that the organization will require contractors to provide an eight-point health and welfare package, including the provision of antiretroviral drugs, to any staff members who work at least half the week at the United Nations campus in Kenya, Xinhua News Agency reports. The program represents the first of its kind for the United Nations in the developing world (Xinhua News Agency, 7/18). The announcement comes after the Global AIDS Alliance in May released documentation showing that the U.N. did not provide HIV/AIDS medical coverage to subcontractors in its Kenya office. The release followed eight months of negotiations for HIV/AIDS care for people who are full-time workers at the United Nations' Kenya campus; the employees perform jobs including maintenance, cleaning, landscaping and food services. Under official U.N. policy, consultants and subcontractors do not receive medical coverage from the agency, according to a U.N. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/27).
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