Namibia: Roadside Wellness Centers for Truck Drivers Planned
June 4, 2009
Formed as a public-private entity to promote commerce, the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) is planning to build roadside wellness centers for truck drivers along three major highways in an effort to fight HIV/AIDS. The centers will be established along the Trans Kalahari, Trans Caprivi, and Trans Cunene routes.
WBCG's Help Desk is encouraging members to establish voluntary HIV testing and counseling services for employees, Shivute said. If at least half of transportation companies implemented a testing program, a baseline prevalence level could be estimated for the sector, he said.
Outreach targeting truckers is difficult, as they spend most time on the road, Shivute said. Peer education can be challenged by turnover, lack of incentives, and demands for high productivity, he said.
Namibia Economist (Windhoek)
05.22.2009; Clemencia Jacobs
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