The Life Initiative – Hotels addressing AIDS

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The Life Initiative – Hotels addressing AIDS

23 July 2008

IMG_2177_200x140.jpg UNAIDS is involving the Mexican hotel industry in a prevention campaign around the International AIDS Conference in August 2008 and in the longer term through the development of sustainable long term HIV workplace policies & programmes Photo: UNAIDS/R.Castillo

The International AIDS conference (AIDS 2008) will bring to Mexico approximately 20,000 delegates and 2000 journalists from all over the world from 3-8 August 2008. AIDS 2008 presents a unique opportunity to engage the local hotel industry on issues related to HIV.

UNAIDS and the Mexican hotel industry are launching an HIV prevention campaign entitled “The Life Initiative – Hotels addressing AIDS”. Aimed at hotel guests and staff the initiative will raise awareness about HIV prevention and non-discrimination of people living with HIV. The initiative will also promote the development of sustainable long- term HIV workplace policies and programmes in the hotels. The hotel industry is a key player in the response to AIDS as it can reach a wide and diverse audience with HIV prevention information including its large workforce.

IMG_2222_200x140.jpgA first inaugural meeting of all the participating hotels took place at the Hotel Marquis in Mexico City on July 4th 2008. Photo: UNAIDS/R.Alion

The prevention campaign will include the display of AIDS related leaflets, posters and brochures, art exhibitions, distribution of free male and female condoms, and showing of AIDS related films in all participating hotels. Condoms will be distributed at all participating hotels via the “condom project” which has been financed with the support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Sustainable long term HIV workplace policies and programs in hotels

One of UNAIDS’ partners in this initiative, IMPULSO - a network of NGOs experts on the provision of technical assistance on HIV in the workplace – will provide capacity building trainings which include situational analysis, stigma and discrimination program and HIV policy and program development. IMPULSO’s specific workshops in hotels also include training in the use and implementation of a software called Workplace Policy Builder designed to assist companies in developing their own AIDS policies.

 

IMG_2266_200x140.jpg Condoms will be distributed at all participating hotels via the “condom project” which has been financed with the generous support from UNFPA. Photo: UNAIDS/R.Castillo

More than 5,100 hotel employees have already been trained, covering 7,738 rooms in hotels in Mexico City. They received education information on HIV prevention, an overview of the epidemic in Mexico, and were sensitized on issues related to stigma and discrimination in the workplace.

“In Mexico, we note that nearly 200,000 people are living with HIV and around 5,000 people died in 2006 from diseases related to AIDS. The XVII International AIDS Conference presents a unique opportunity to involve the local hotel industry on issues related to HIV,” said UNAIDS Director of Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Cesar Nuñez.

All partners will announce the launch of the initiative around a press event on 06 August 2008 at 09:00- the International AIDS Society’s press center. For further information please contact UNAIDS Chief of Private Sector Partnerships, Regina Castillo (castillor@unaids.org)

 

Hotels participating in the “Life Initiative- Hotels addressing AIDS”

For this initiative, the official AIDS 2008 international & national hotel chains have been targeted. The 5 national hotel chains are: Grupo Posadas, Hoteles Misión, Grupo Empresarial Ángeles, Grupo Del Ángel and Grupo Hoteles Emporio. The 8 international hotel chains are: Best Western International, InterContinental Hotels Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Ramada International, Group ACCOR and Four Seasons Hotels.

So far the following hotels have joined the initiative:

NOVOTEL STA FE

HOTEL GRAN MELIÁ

HOTEL RADISSON FLAMINGOS

HOTEL FIESTA AMERICANA REFORMA

HOTEL HOLIDAY INN REFORMA

HOTEL EMPORIO

FIESTA INN CENTRO HISTORICO

HOTEL GENEVE

HOTEL MARQUIS

HOTEL HOLIDAY INN ZONA ROSA

HOTEL FIESTA AMERICANA GRAND

HOTEL CASABLANCA

HOTEL EMBASSY SUITE

EUROSTAR SUITE

GRAN HOTEL DE LA CIUDAD DE MEXICO

HOTEL CENTURY ZONA ROSA

NOVOTEL PERINORTE

NOVOTEL MONTERREY

HOTEL CAMINO REAL

HOTEL SHERATON CENTRO HISTORICO MEXICO