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A technical report on the development, implementation and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS workplace policy and program on a farm in Mpumalanga

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dc.contributor.advisor Vos HD, Dr en
dc.contributor.author Doyer I en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:35:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:35:20Z
dc.date.submitted 2005 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/32099
dc.description.abstract The population of rural agricultural South Africa is particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS due to the culmination of a variety of factors. Open discussions around sexuality, sex and sexually transmitted diseases are often limited in the more conservative rural areas resulting in limited knowledge on a disease such as HIV/AIDS. Lower levels of formal education impact on understanding of physiological concepts such as "transmission", "immune system", "virus" etc. Income rate per annum is lower compared to urban dwellings resulting in limited financial resources as well as isolation from the tentacles of mass-media prevention and education messages on HIV/AIDS. Primary health care services in rural areas are often understaffed with limited resources, and unavailability of certain medication such as anti-retroviral drugs prevails. The combination of all the above-mentioned aspects leads to increased vulnerability to contracting HIV/AIDS.<br><br> Agricultural South Africa can and should contribute to economic growth and rural up- liftment. The black landowners of South Africa are a valuable population regarding this idealism and should be empowered, educated and cared for. The HIV/AIDS disease poses a serious threat to the agricultural sector as well as the population of black landowners in rural South Africa. Action should be taken to accelerate HIV/AIDS interventions in rural areas, and private initiatives are desperately needed. If every farmer/landowner in rural South Africa were to enroll and finance an HIV/AIDS intervention program, the rural population of South Africa could be reached, educated and cared for sooner rather than later.<br><br> The objective of this research project was to record the process of development, implementation and evaluation of such an HIV/AIDS intervention on a farm. A homogenous population presented itself in the form of twelve full time employees and landowners on a farm in the Albert Luthuli district of Mpumalanga. An HIV/AIDS workplace policy and program were developed and implemented on the mentioned farm, and the effectiveness thereof was evaluated through post-intervention interviews. A control group consisting of eight farm workers employed on another farm in the district was identified and the same questions were directed at them in personal face-to-face interviews. The farm owner was interviewed to establish whether he perceived the implemented policy and program as valuable and profitable to the farm as a business. A qualitative case study design was thus utilised to obtain the results in this particular study.<br><br> The research results supported all four stated hypotheses and both the farm owner and employees perceived the implemented policy and program as positive, valuable and helpful. Valuable insight and knowledge were gained and recommendations to streamline an HIV/AIDS intervention on a farm are included in this technical report. Scientific research projects are crucial in the development of home-hitting and successful HIV/AIDS interventions, especially in rural South Africa.<br><br> If the results of a variety of interventions on farms were to be recorded and compared, valuable insight would be gained streamlining interventions on farms and minimising the detrimental effects of HIV/AIDS on rural areas of agricultural South Africa. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Business management and policy en
dc.title A technical report on the development, implementation and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS workplace policy and program on a farm in Mpumalanga en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MPhil (HIV/AIDS Management) en

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