HIV/AIDS in the Workplace




Handicap Solidaire Burkina seeks to secure the rights of people with disabilities and protect their dignity and independence.





Handicap Solidaire Burkina wishes to ensure that people with disabilities are entitled to and receive fair and equal rights and for these to be recognised by both the public and government in both attitude and practice.




Handicap Solidaire Burkina recognizes that its employees are its most important resource. They recognise the distress and trauma that HIV/AIDS presents to employees and their families. Handicap Solidaire Burkina has therefore developed this HIV/AIDS policy aiming to support all its employees, who, in some way, may be affected by HIV/AIDS so that they are not denied the right to lead a normal life. Handicap Solidaire Burkina realises that without proper health care people cannot optimize their physical and intellectual potential and their ability to participate fully in the process of development can be hampered.

Handicap Solidaire Burkina is committed to providing a supportive workplace for its employees, regardless of their HIV status. In order to accomplish this, they will foster a work environment of openness, compassion and understanding, non-discrimination and freedom from fear. HIV/AIDS poses one of the greatest contemporary challenges to organizations and is likely to have far-reaching effects on employers and employees alike. Like any other organization, Handicap Solidaire Burkina faces the challenge of addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS in its workplace while making efforts to prevent and control the spread of the disease amongst its employees.

This policy draws on the values of Handicap Solidaire Burkina. It is consistent with other Handicap Solidaire Burkina policy documents and will work in harmony with local laws and regulations.


Our Policy


Handicap Solidaire Burkina does not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability with regard to job application, hiring, advancement, access or need for special equipment, discharge, compensation, training, or other terms, conditions or privileges of employment. Further, Handicap Solidaire Burkina recognizes that employees with life-threatening illnesses including but not limited to cancer, AIDS, and heart disease and other disabilities may wish and be physically able to work a regular or modified work schedule.


Handicap Solidaire Burkina seeks to accommodate these employees by allowing them to work as long as they are able to perform essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation, provided medical evidence indicates that their conditions are not a (direct)threat to themselves or others.

While accommodating employees with life-threatening diseases and other disabilities, however, Handicap Solidaire Burkina also recognizes its obligations to provide a safe work environment for all employees. Therefore, managers should obtain appropriate medical direction, when necessary, to ensure that an employee’s condition does not pose a significant risk of substantial harm to himself/herself or to other employees. Handicap Solidaire Burkina offers the following resources to assist employees and managers in dealing with these issues:

  • management and employee education and information on life-threatening illnesses

  • confidential advice/referral to supportive services for employees and dependents affected by life-threatening illnesses

  • benefits consultation to assist employees in effectively managing health, leave, and other benefits




Stigma and discrimination is one of the biggest challenges NGOs face in implementing a HIV/AIDS strategy. Respecting confidentiality is essential if employees are to feel sufficiently confident to access support and treatment. Handicap Solidaire Burkina will protect the right to confidentiality on medical status of all staff.


Organisations need to balance the rights of employees to confidentiality with a supportive environment in which people feel they can be open about their status if they desire. If confidential information needs to be shared with other people in the organisation (such as a line manager) the HIV positive staff member should agree to this. Disciplinary procedures that will be invoked if confidentiality is broken need to be clearly articulated.


Reasonable Accommodation


Handicap Solidaire Burkina seeks to make reasonable accommodation, consistent with the business needs of the unit, for employees with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. Reasonable accommodation refers to the company’s responsibility to make modifications to help enable an otherwise qualified person, with a serious illness or other type of disability, to continue to work.


Education and Prevention


Handicap Solidaire Burkina recognises the need to prevent rather than to treat HIV/AIDS as a first priority and therefore they will work to provide up to date information on, including on the prevention of, HIV/AIDS. They endeavour to ensure that all staff are aware of their diversity and equality policies, which includes information about HIV and the importance of confidentiality at work. Handicap Solidaire Burkina wishes to help to end stigma and discrimination by improving staff knowledge about HIV and raising awareness. Handicap Solidaire Burkina hopes that with the information available about reasonable adjustments and support, staff should be aware their options in the workplace.

Handicap Solidaire Burkina aim to educate staff about the formal grievance procedure in place to assist people who feel they have been subjected to discrimination in the workplace.




This policy will be reviewed and modified if and when necessary after considering its effectiveness, appropriateness and affordability given actual experience of implementation. The authority to interpret or amend any of the provisions stipulated in this HIV/AIDS policy shall rest with the Handicap Solidaire Burkina Coordinator.

Handicap Solidaire Burkina recognises that HIV/AIDS is a cross-cutting developmental issue and in the context of their work with disabled people in a West African, developing nation, they pledge to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.