The National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight Industry (NBCRFI) has engaged all its stakeholders, including employers, in a move towards industry wellness. Partly, this involves providing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, training and education to road freight industry employees who fall within the Council’s registered scope.
All National Bargaining Council contributing members testing positive for HIV/Aids are enrolled onto a mobile treatment programme, and other forms of primary health care are also offered through the clinics.
The wellness programme provides for:
- Free, voluntary testing, treatment, counselling and support
- Managed ARV adherence
- A national doctor network
- A national counsellor network
- A medical panel including specialist physicians, specialist paediatric HIV physicians
- Pathology services
- A dedicated call centre
- Condom distribution
- Testing and screening of:
– Hypertension (BP)
– Glucose (Sugar/Diabetes)
A mobile clinic from the programme regularly visits Unitrans depots, providing primary health care to employees. Employees can also register for the ARV (antiretrovirals) provided to Unitrans as part of the programme. The majority of employees contribute 0,5% of their income, and Unitrans contributes 1%, to the NBCRFI initiative that entitles employees to use national roadside wellness clinics and associated medical facilities. Ongoing training through wellness committees ensures greater awareness of these clinics and their services.
Mobile clinics focus on the wellbeing of trucking support staff and reach beyond the truck driver into the workplace. This initiative also spreads beyond the trucking industry into allied industries, with the potential to spread the message of wellness and information about HIV/Aids.
All NBCRFI contributing members testing positive to HIV are enrolled onto the Unitrans treatment programme.