Trucking Wellness & HIV Treatment

Trucking Wellness Annual Report 2016Introduction

Trucking Wellness (TW) is an initiative of the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI), which was launched in 1999. The aim of Trucking Wellness is to provide primary healthcare to those employed within the Road Freight and Logistics (RFL) Industry, driver spouses and commercial sex workers. Over the years, TW has evolved into a sustainable model of primary healthcare delivery to key populations and has become a sterling example of a successful and sustainable public-private partnership.

Background

Trucking Wellness (previously known as Trucking Against AIDS) was launched to create awareness around HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections amongst long-distance truck drivers, commercial sex workers and those at risks such as driver spouses and partners.

Since 1999 the Programme has experienced exponential growth as a result of incorporating an extensive range of free primary healthcare services. These services are offered via the Programme’s 21 Trucking Wellness Roadside Centers, which are situated at truck stops across major routes in South Africa and supported by a fleet of sleek Mobile Wellness Centers. The incorporation of the mobile clinics is a more innovative way of looking after our valued members in the trucking industry because we now work on a system where we book a vehicle for ten days at a time for one specific area and then service all companies within that region. As a result, we are able to serve more members than ever before and work towards a healthier and more vibrant trucking industry.

Since the establishment of the Wellness Centers, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of people gaining access to primary healthcare and being counselled about and tested for HIV infection.

Additionally, we have increased our efforts to educate and motivate those within the trucking industry to live healthier lifestyles in general thereby creating a more productive labour force. These support efforts by the NBCRFLI directly reduces labour risk and expenses to members and positively impacts the stability and growth of the industry and the South African economy.

Trucking Wellness Primary Healthcare Services

  • Condom use education and distribution
  • STI screening diagnosing, treatment and education
  • HIV awareness, information, education, counselling and testing
  • Referrals to appropriate service providers for ART as well as HIV and AIDS treatment and care
  • TB awareness, information, education, screening and referrals for treatment and care
  • Malaria awareness, information, education, screening and referrals for treatment and care
  • Screening tests for blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol and body mass index
  • Diagnosis, treatment, care and support of primary health problems or concerns

Trucking Wellness Support

Trucking Wellness enjoys the support of the four industry unions, as well as the Road Freight Associations (RFA) and the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA). It is funded by Mercedes Benz South  Africa
(MBSA), N3TC, Imperial Logistics, Engen, Reef Tankers and the Department of Health (DoH). Lastly, Trucking Wellness is managed by the Corridor Empowerment Project (CEP), on behalf of the Industry. Through the combined efforts of the abovementioned corporations, Trucking Wellness has continued to experience year-on-year success since its inception.

Roadside Wellness Clinic Locations

Roadside Wellness Clinic Locations

Message from the NBCRFLI

The 2016/2017 financial year was a notably good one for Trucking Wellness and its partners. During the year in review, Trucking Wellness’ staff worked harder than ever before in an effort to keep the wheels of the road freight and logistics industry turning smoothly and efficiently.

During my time at the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI), I have been privileged enough to witness the vast impact that the Trucking Wellness programme has had on South Africa’s truck drivers and their loved ones. From numerous healthcare services to emotional support and counselling, South Africa’s trucking workforce is stronger than it has ever been. Our endless efforts have had a positive impact on the South African economy at large due to the improved health and wellness of those employed within this industry.

Since inception, the Council and Trucking Wellness have performed 78 529 STI treatments and provided awareness education to 738 469 truck drivers and women at risk.
However, one can only realise the amount of life-changing work done by these incredible organisations when looking at programme statistics over the financial year in review. During this time, an estimated 34 484 female condoms and 1 260 498 male condoms were distributed, 10 626 people were tested for HIV at our roadside clinics and 9848 of the same tests were done at our mobile clinics.

That’s a total of over 20 000 HIV tests in just 12 months! It is important to note that the Trucking Wellness programme not only keeps a close eye on the health of its drivers but also on their loved ones and the communities in which they reside. For this reason, all the abovementioned services are made available to truckers’ families as well.

During the year in review, we were able to finish revamping 11 Roadside Clinics across South Africa. We began this project in 2015 and completed it in July 2016, which is an incredible milestone for us as we are now able to provide our cherished members with a more efficient service than ever before.

The 2016/2017 financial year was a fruitful one for the NBCRFLI in terms of the platforms used to communicate with the public. We took a completely different approach and decided to start advertising on platforms that we have not used in the past. We first began advertising employee- targeted information (which was previously distributed through Ziwaphi) in the Daily Sun, which rendered fantastic results. After the first advert was distributed in the Daily Sun, we received numerous queries relating to the advert and we were able to successfully engage with these members.

Following the success of the Daily Sun, extensive research was conducted regarding digital communication platforms and whether or not they would be of value to the Council and its stakeholders. Our findings revealed that we would be able to effectively reach the employer group via certain digital platforms, as this group of individuals is able to afford smartphones, home based computers and Internet access. We did not have time to further explore this during the year in the review, however; in the financial year ahead, we will roll out the implementation of digital communication platforms and possibly replace Tseleng with one of these platforms.

At the NBCRFLI, we are certainly aware of the significant role that our HR/ Payroll personnel play in enforcing the Main Collective Agreement. For this reason, we continued to communicate this material as well as other HR relevant information in the NBCRFLI News, which is distributed in the form of an emailer.

Our Online Query Submission Service, as well as the Mobi App Query Submission Service, was, once again, used on a day-to-day basis. The platform, which is used by employers and employees, allows members to lodge any questions or concerns that they have relating to the Council. The query is then directed to the relevant manager and dealt with accordingly. This service has been a great help in identifying which issues our members are unsure of and which topics we need to place emphasis on during our communication efforts.

The NBCRFLI Be Heard Hotline was effectively used to help fight fraud in the industry. The Hotline, which is completely anonymous, allows stakeholders to report any suspicions of fraud, theft and corruption to the Council. The existence of the Hotline was regularly communicated to ensure that all stakeholders were aware of its importance and felt comfortable using the service if they felt it was necessary at any stage.

As the new financial year steadily approaches, I look forward to continuing my journey with the Trucking Wellness team and adding value to an industry that has such a vast impact on our economy at large.

20162017 Activities

2016/2017 Activities

Section 21 Company

During the year under review, the NBCRFLI registered its Section 21 Company called Trucking Wellness Project (NPC) to allow the Trucking Wellness Programme to attract wider and more substantial donations from outside the Council, ultimately enabling us to better the lives of our members.

With a board of directors including independent members steering the Trucking Wellness Project (NPC), the Trucking Wellness Programme can be better aligned to its cause to offer a world-class service and thereby be seen in a more strategic light.

Directors

Louis Hollander
Tony D’Almeida
Tabudi Ramakgolo
Solly Mothibedi
Musa  Ndlovu
Falith Jaja
Masaccha Mbonambi
Sibongile Khubeka

Finalisation of Revamped Roadside Clinics

In 2015, Trucking Wellness began a rigorous process of revamping various Roadside Clinics across South Africa. The purpose of the project, which was completed in July 2016, was to make the selected Roadside Clinics more convenient in terms of ergonomics in an effort to provide an enhanced service to Trucking Wellness members.

To follow is a breakdown of the Clinics that were revamped and when they were completed:

  • Musina, Hanover, Colesburg and Cape Town clinics were all completed towards the end of 2015
  • Mariannhill, Warden, Villiers, Kokstad, Port Elizabeth, East London and Roodekop were all completed in July 2016.

The reconfigured clinics have gone far in assisting the Trucking Wellness team in achieving its ultimate goal of providing members with the best possible service, which is now conducted more effectively and efficiently.

MBSA – CEP Partnership

Message from the MBSA Executive Director

The year 2016 was remarkable for the Trucking Wellness Project. The collaboration between Corridor Empowerment Project (CEP) and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA)   on the Trucking Wellness Project continues to cultivate a tremendous amount of success. At MBSA we are glad to support and enrich the Trucking Wellness Programme in every step as well as be part of this successful and fruitful journey.

MBSA has confirmed its faith in the ability of the Trucking Wellness Programme with its mantra to educate and support all of those involved in the Road Freight and Logistic Industry. Through this unique and intrinsic relationship, the past eight years has created an abundance of milestones. Through the Trucking Wellness Programme the introduction of positive lifestyle choices and improved sexual and reproductive health education has led to individual and industry changes as well as amplifying our reach further than ever before.

Through our strategic relationship, we have developed a core ethos of beliefs and values, which will continue to realise the vision and mission of the Trucking Wellness Programme. Against this backdrop, MBSA continues to implement the Fleet Owner Workplace Wellness Programme. The programme has identified that providing a holistic approach to employee wellness has a positive impact on all involved in the Road Freight and Logistic Industry.

The MBSA Fleet Owner Workplace Wellness Programme alongside the work and dedication of CEP will continue and ensure that all truck drivers receive a tailor-made education as well as state of the art basic health care services. This programme not only provides truck drivers with peace of mind but echoes the benefits of a healthy workforce and sustainable logistics and road freight industry. The programme also extends its support to communities serviced by the logistics industry by providing much-needed provisions and assistance.

MBSA understands the importance that truck drivers and our customer’s businesses play within the South African economy, and it is with this knowledge that we will continue to create shared value initiatives with all parties to ensure the health and well-being of drivers. These initiatives will help create sustainability for our customers but in turn, benefit the economy.

I would like to thank the CEP and National Bargaining Council Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI) for providing us with the platform to continue our support of Trucking Wellness. It is through these partnerships that we can be a key contributor to the health and wellness of truck drivers and our customers’ businesses. MBSA will continue to reiterate our commitment to advance and ensure that the health and wellness of truck drivers are as important as developing trucks that lead the way in our industry.

Driver Training

Driver Training

The MBSA driver training facilities at Zwartkop, South Africa, provides participants with vital guidelines and information about economic and safe driving. MBSA also understand that driver training is a vital platform to promote and educate drivers on the importance of making healthier lifestyle choices as well as educate drivers about important aspects of health and wellness.

The education provided at driver training is modelled off the Trucking Wellness programme. The drivers receive material covering information on disease prevention, methods on how to make positive lifestyle choices, health services available through Trucking Wellness and a map of the 21 Trucking Wellness Centre’s located across South Africa.

A key advantage of introducing the programme by MBSA was that the driver training was the perfect platform and environment to induce drivers to basic, accurate and effective information about appropriate health and wellness behaviour. The programme encourages drivers to visit
the Trucking Wellness Centres on a regular basis to have regular check-ups.

The driver training is a key aspect of the truck driver’s career as it trains them to prepare for hazardous situations that may occur on the roads. It also provides the ideal opportunity to make their own health a priority as a key component for the important roles on the road.

Trucking Wellness Annual Report 2016

Fleet Owner Workplace Wellness Programme

Since its inception in 2014, the MBSA’s Fleet Owner Workplace Wellness Programme has ensured that the programme becomes critical in advancing the health and wellness for all employees across the Road Freight and Logistics Industry. MBSA has used the Fleet Owner Workplace Wellness Programme as an innovative avenue to promote key health and wellness messages through customers to truck drivers that ensure the industry as a whole benefit.

MBSA has been a prominent supporter of Trucking Wellness and its endeavour to assist and support the health and wellness of truck drivers that operate within the Road Freight and Logistics Industry in South Africa.

The MBSA Fleet Owner Workplace Wellness Programme plays a central role in the continuous enhancement of promoting employee wellness as well as strengthening the collaboration between MBSA and  CEP.

The concept of MBSA’s Fleet Owner Workplace Wellness Programme came as result of their involvement and viewing first hand the success of the Trucking Wellness Programme. MBSA believe that value sharing is imperative in order to stimulate collaboration amongst the various participants in the Road Freight and Logistic Industry. Through the process of value sharing not only does social progression occur for those serving in the industry but it becomes a catalyst for change within the industry. The Fleet Owner Workplace Wellness Programme is founded on the MBSA culture of value sharing, it is through this underlying belief that sustainability becomes a  reality.

MBSA through their Fleet Owner Workplace Wellness Programme has underpinned that the health, wellness and safety of drivers have a far-reaching impact not only on the individuals, companies and the industry but is a springboard for the upliftment of communities through various activities.

MBSA along with CEP and other stakeholders realised the importance that the logistics industry plays in South Africa’s economy. It is through their involvement, that in order for the economy to grow and sustainability to be a key factor, the people serving the industry need to be provided with a world-class health and information pertaining to healthier and viable lifestyle choices. It is via these services that the health and wellness of truck drivers can be secured and all parties succeed in driving the success of the economy.

MBSA understands the important role that the nurses and coordinators play in the Trucking Wellness project. Professional development is critical to providing quality health services to the Road Freight and Logistics Industry.

Annual workshops are held to continue the nurses and coordinators education, assessing their development needs and meeting the standards set by the National Department of Health. Through this, we continuously provide Road Freight and Logistics Industry members with a health service that
is equal to healthcare trends, treatments and techniques of international standards.

Through leveraging of the Trucking Wellness Programme, the programme develops, maintains and strengthens relationships with all stakeholders. This collaboration helps in sharing information on a continuous basis, builds a climate of trust and respect, increases the value of the partnerships and builds relevant data to build and support the programme with all stakeholders.

2016 Statistics

2016 Statistics

Roadside Wellness Centre HIV Counselling and Testing

Combined 2016

Total Tested

Positive

Negative

Indeterminate

Male

Female

Industry Member

Non Industry Member

Alrode North

90

5

85

0

79

11

76

14

Alrode South

48

4

44

0

41

7

42

6

Beaufortwest

291

15

274

2

251

40

251

40

Cape Town

623

15

608

0

588

35

417

206

Colesberg

258

7

251

0

244

14

214

44

East London

262

3

258

1

260

2

221

41

Hanover

158

6

152

0

137

21

124

34

Harrismith

535

27

508

0

513

22

423

112

Kokstad

550

39

505

6

532

18

438

112

Komatipoort

497

43

453

1

389

108

196

301

Marianhill

1107

58

1040

9

1095

12

747

360

Mooiriver

695

21

672

2

644

51

518

177

Mthatha

241

10

231

0

210

31

196

45

Musina

1357

61

1294

2

1195

162

124

1233

Port Elizabeth

449

20

426

3

439

10

368

81

Roodekop

623

41

578

4

570

53

365

258

Tugela

256

20

235

1

244

12

200

56

Ventersburg

541

31

504

6

531

10

440

101

Villiers

1021

55

965

1

944

77

704

317

Wadeville

5

0

5

0

5

0

3

2

Warden

270

12

258

0

257

13

165

105

Zeerust

749

23

723

3

669

80

290

459

TOTAL

10626

516

10069

41

9837

789

6522

4104

Network Achievement Since Inception – December 2016

Beaufort West (N1)

2000

101078

16278

6657

Harrismith (N3)

2001

47776

25657

4899

Beit Bridge Border Post (N1)

2001

106290

35429

9885

Ventersburg (N1)

2002

74279

19306

6096

Tugela (N3)

2002

53310

37182

16362

Port Elizabeth (N2)

2002

51329

26449

6528

Hanover (N1)

2003

46066

15668

2832

Mooi River (N3)

2004

47343

20212

30163

Komatipoort (N4)

2003

51816

36292

9722

Zeerust (N4)

2005

36831

13749

1120

East London (N2)

2005

20021

12014

932

Kokstad (N2)

2006

24212

11949

3153

Marrianhill (N3)

2008

17969

10898

545

Colesburg (N1)

2009

4141

8072

682

Mthatha (N2)

2009

24510

8556

740

Villiers (N3)

2010

29592

12899

1342

Gauteng

2010

270

16107

1251

Cape Town

2010

4220

41816

462

Warden

2011

8416

7654

607

Roodekop

2011

8881

9219

1023

TOTAL

 

758350

385406

105001

Roadside Wellness Centre Primary Healthcare

 

Jan - 2016

Feb - 2016

Mar - 2016

Apr - 2016

May - 2016

Jun - 2016

Jul - 2016

Aug - 2016

Sept - 2016

Oct - 2016

Nov - 2016

Dec - 2016

Number clients seen at HTA sites (Headcount)

2595

2780

2946

2992

2618

3218

2819

2942

2948

2817

3248

1517

Number of people attended Awareness Trainings at HTA sites

1761

3209

2871

3082

2424

3222

2760

3060

2636

2542

2396

1534

Number of Truck drivers seen at HTA sites

1312

1771

1835

1847

1719

1967

1802

2289

1882

1777

2090

959

Number of Sex Workers seen at HTA sites

18

44

46

53

40

39

67

50

36

39

51

22

Number of Men who have sex with men (MSM) seen at HTA sites

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

Number of Male condoms distributed

68935

143921

101577

132160

56525

81197

103302

106500

114836

125784

126187

99574

Number of  Female condoms distributed

1560

5009

1683

4269

2206

2070

3384

1920

2868

4678

2305

2532

STI treated new episode

120

179

189

139

92

224

154

156

145

173

171

92

STI partner treated - new

0

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Male Urethritis Syndrome treated - new episode

0

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

HIV client pre-test counselled (excluding antenatal) - Female

45

70

54

50

129

56

53

70

79

62

54

63

HIV client pre-test counselled - Male

481

701

697

770

1518

756

690

914

972

839

831

678

Client screened for TB (post HIV pre-test counselling)

521

771

751

820

1647

812

743

984

1051

901

885

742

HIV client tested (excluding antenatal) - Female

44

69

54

50

129

56

53

70

79

62

54

63

HIV client tested - Male

485

701

697

777

1518

756

690

914

972

839

831

678

HIV test child 5-14 years

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

HIV test client 15 - 49 years

450

697

539

623

1416

674

640

828

898

770

765

615

HIV test client 50 years and older (excl ANC)

73

72

104

95

229

138

103

155

153

130

120

127

HIV test client < 15 years

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

HIV test positive - new (excluding antenatal) - Female

4

5

5

4

9

8

7

5

7

8

6

5

HIV test positive - new - Male

23

32

26

35

72

28

36

37

44

38

42

26

HIV test positive child 5-14 years

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

HIV test positive client 15 - 49 years

0

0

28

30

62

27

39

36

42

39

40

28

HIV test positive client 50 years and older (excl ANC)

0

0

3

6

19

9

4

5

9

7

8

3

HIV test positive client < 15 years

0

0

0

9

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Condom  Distribution

Female condoms: 34  484
Male condoms: 1 260 498

 

Please note that this information is also available in an easily printable PDF format on our website www.nbcrfli.org.za

Trucking Wellness Annual Report 2016

Trucking Wellness Annual Report 2016

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