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Treatment for HIV/AIDS in the workplace: A Case Study of a Mine in Botswana

Year: 2004
Working paper number: 088
Author: Medupe, Fredah
Unit: ASRU
Abstract:

This research was conducted in mid-2003 on a cross-section of mine employees ranging from top management to the least skilled mineworkers in Debswana's Orapa mine in Botswana. The objectives of the study were to establish the perceived benefits that provision of anti-retroviral therapy has had on the mine at all levels and to identify reasons for slow enrolment in the newly established treatment programme.  The first researcher is from Botswana and worked for 7 years with AIDS affected patients in hospital.  It was this experience which alerted her to the importance of popular discourse regarding AIDS and antiretroviral treatment. Her subsequent research at the Orapa mine was designed to probe the nature of shop-floor discourse about AIDS.  Interviews and questionnaires with open-ended and closed questions were used with five management personnel and 20 mineworkers of both genders.  Findings reveal many discrepancies in the data surrounding HIV/AIDS and also indicate that formal research methods do not adequately capture the nature or importance of popular perceptions and discourses about AIDS.


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