Banasa promotes an HIV prevention policy at the workplace.

Banasa together with the Independent Banana Producers Association -APIB- implemented the “Hand in hand with HIV prevention” program in which training and free HIV testing were given.

More than 500 workers were trained and tested for HIV, voluntarily. The policy for HIV prevention in the workplace was implemented in order to prevent disease in employees, their families and communities, and provide a healthier workplace and contribute to improve their quality of life.

A Monitoring Committee for the HIV Policy Implementation was formed, which was trained by APIB on program implementation: training modules, methodology and teaching materials were provided to all employees.

The “Hand in hand with HIV prevention” program features the following phases:

•Phase I: Workers survey → workers were interviewed to measure their degree of knowledge of HIV.

•Phase II: Trainings: Eight training units on raising HIV awareness, technical concepts, human values, transmission ways, prevention and respect and tolerance for people with HIV.

•Phase III: HIV Tests: the campaign “Take the Test” was carried out and more than 500 tests were given to Banasa workers.

Leslie Gramajo packing plant worker, said: “I thank Banasa for all the lectures about HIV because in the communities where we live we do not get this information and now we know what HIV is, how it is transmitted, how to prevent it and they have also taught us about values such as loyalty, respect and tolerance and how important it is to live them. I encourage you to continue with these trainings because it is important that everyone in the company is aware about HIV for the welfare of our families.”