Sunbird Tourism Limited chief executive officer Rodger Gardiner has said there is need for companies to train their staff in the dangers of HIV and Aids to create an HIV-free generation and get to zero discrimination and zero HIV and Aids- related deaths in organisations.
Gardiner said this in Blantyre yesterday at the opening of a three-day HIV and Aids peer education training for its old and new peer educators from its Southern Region hotels, Sunbird Mount Soche, Sunbird Nkopola Lodge and Sunbird Ku Chawe Inn and Catering solutions.
He said Sunbird will continue conducting such training for its staff.
“We are hopeful that other companies will be inspired to organise such trainings for their staff because HIV and Aids is a thing that we cannot run away from in workplaces today,” he said.
Sunbird HIV and Aids coordinator Arthur Mitepa said sunbird is committed to tackling HIV and Aids as a workplace issue.
“Management is always trying its beast in mainstreaming HIV issues by incorporating HIV and Aids issues in its business plans strategies and policies,” he said.
In his remarks, Malawi Business Coalition against HIV and Aids programme coordinator Stuart Chuka said the training will equip workers with knowledge on the HIV and Aids pandemic.
Sunbird will also conduct a similar training in the Central and Northern regions.