The objective of the assignment was to provide consulting services for workplace programmes in Kenya, including the assessment of existing approaches and the development of ideas for workplace health promotion programmes in selected companies of GIZ’s PPP initiative.
In the recent past, Kenya has recorded a rapid increase in infectious and lifestyle related diseases, accounting for 22% of Kenya’s disease burden among young and middle aged persons. Although organizations have had HIV/AIDS workplace programs, the increasing health costs to both employees and employers justify the need to move from the traditional workplace programmes and focus on programs that have a wider scope including physical, economic, social and psychological wellness of employees.
During this assignment the consultant gave technical support to the partner companies (including their contractors) to implement expanded workplace programmes while at the same time integrating new components based on the PPP agreements with Safaricom, Kenya Airways and Bamburi Ltd. Key tasks undertaken by the Consultant firm included:
To evaluate the design and current status of the workplace programmes and provide technical support to the PPP projects.
To develop and propose creative ways of involving employees’ dependents in Wellness activities.
To provide technical advice in developing health promotion and workplace programme activities tailor-made for the respective companies.
To provide support to the implementation of the updated health promotion workplace programmes at the PPP partners’ contractor companies.
To provide technical support in review and adaptation of a developed curriculum and training courses for specified PPP projects. Furthermore a health promotion practitioner base was set up through a “master class” training of selected focal persons from Kenya’s corporate sector and PPP partners examining the recent developments in health promotion concepts and evidence based practice. Support was given to the participatory development of a Glossary of HP terms, in setting up a governance structure for the employee workplace programme at Safaricom, and to a self-assessment tool and development of a wellness charter for Safaricom’s workplace programme. Mentoring and backstopping was provided through online skype sessions on different health promotion topics.