Examples of some of our extensive client base includes:

  • Strategic Fuel Fund
  • Spoornet
  • Castrol SA
  • British American Tobacco
  • Anglogold
  • Iscor
  • De Beers Consolidated Mines
  • Dept. Of Water Affairs & Forestry
  • Delta Electrical Group
  • Tiger Brands
  • Gestetner
  • Kwazulu-Natal Government
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Education
  • IBM
  • The Nelson Mandela Foundation
  • Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
  • Johannesburg Roads
  • MindSet Channel
  • Solidarity

The programme has already made a tremendous impact in South Africa and is widely used by NGOs, Government Departments, Mining Houses, large, medium and small organisations including The Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, IBM, and most recently the Mindset Network with a viewing audience of some 400 000 people through their Health Channel (Mindset Channel is a joint initiative between Government, Liberty Life, Standard Bank and MNET).

Solidarity Centre (Trade Unions) and CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) of the USA and the United Nations of Botswana have already acquired the programme for their own use and roll-out.

The World Health Organisation as well as the ILO (International Labour Organisation) in Geneva and New York have expressed great interest in the Programme and are currently in negotiations with Self Empowerment International to possibly implement the programme on "HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention" and our programme on "ARVs (anti-retroviral) Understanding and Treatment and Compliance".

The World Economic Forum in Switzerland has recently carried out a case study on the efficacy of the programme. Their conclusions have been published in a joint report with IBM and the Innovir Institute, in which received the highest recommendations as a training, development, and capacity-building tool.



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IBM SA harnesses technology against HIV/AIDS


[Johannesburg, 3 December 2002] - IBM SA has launched a technology-based HIV/AIDS education and awareness programme for its staff and suppliers, using software developed by a South African adult education and training organisation, Self-Empowerment International.

The software can be accessed at two kiosks installed at IBM SA's Sandton head office, as well as via the company's intranet.
The new technology was unveiled at an HIV/AIDS awareness day at the IBM SA offices yesterday, as part of the company's drive to prevent the spread of the disease and support those infected with the virus.
The electronic information kiosks use voice guidance and animated graphics on a touch-screen to enable even those staff members with no computer skills to access information about HIV/AIDS. The kiosks have been placed where IBM staff and employees of IBM SA's cleaning, catering, maintenance, security and gardening suppliers are able to access them easily.
Sister Gwynneth Staples, head of IBM SA's medical centre, says: "We're using technology to enhance and extend our existing HIV/AIDS education programme, because lectures or seminars simply don't work. People either don't want to be seen at such lectures, or they can't organise their work schedules to fit them in. With the kiosk and the intranet, people can access information in their own time and at their own pace, homing in on the information that is relevant to their own circumstances.”
In addition, she says the physical presence of the kiosk in public areas brings the HIV/AIDS issue into the open and starts the process of removing the stigma surrounding the condition.
Self-Empowerment International has installed similar kiosks for other large South African commercial organisations and the KwaZulu-Natal government.
IBM SA human resources director Dudu Nyamane says experts predict that unless something practical is done now, the HIV/AIDS pandemic will shrink the local economy by 12% by 2010. "So, for its own sake, business should be helping with education and treatment programmes.”
IBM SA has taken steps to address the pandemic, even though it has had only 15 HIV/AIDS-infected employees in the past three years. The company's HIV/AIDS policy has been in place since 1998, ensuring that the confidentiality of infected employees is assured.
Infected staff are enrolled on an HIV/AIDS treatment programme at an annual cost of R20 000 per person. This covers triple-therapy anti-retroviral drugs and regular monitoring by doctors and councillors, and has reduced HIV/AIDS-related annual sick days per person from 25 to four.

Ethena AIDS Training Programme for self empowerment