Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union Health Program

The SACTWU Worker Health Program’s mission is to take a holistic approach to managing and ultimately diminishing the impact of HIV and AIDS, TB and other chronic diseases on workers and their dependents through workplace education and training, counselling and testing, Male Medical Circumcision and support and treatment for HIV positive members and those living with AIDS.

Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union Health Program

Founded in 1998, SWHP is one of the leading Worker Health Programmes in South Africa, providing quality HIV and TB related services to blue collar workers in KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, and Gauteng. Originally providing services to workers in the clothing and textile sectors, SWHP now offers services to all Congress of South African Trade Union affiliates, with a combined membership of over 1.8 million.

Since 2010, SWHP has received funding from the USAID Tuberculosis (TB) Project South Africa through its small grants program to roll-out a TB workplace prevention and program in the above mentioned provinces. To date, through SWHP’s 58,577 workers have received TB education and awareness training at factories. TB trainers provide TB awareness and training during workers’ lunch and tea breaks.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU)

    South Africa | Staff size: Unknown

    SACTWU is a duly registered trade union, registered in terms of the relevant provisions of the Labour Relations Act in South Africa. The organization has 99,697 members, making it the dominant...

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Key Information

LocationSouth Africa, Southern Africa
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2014
  • ValueUSD 200 Thousand