Asia and Pacific region is the source of over 60 per cent of the world’s
seafarers. As mobile workers, they encounter unique challenges to maintaining
a healthy and productive work-life. One of these challenges concerns
meet the needs of seafarers, the Transport and Tourism Division of UNESCAP,
in collaboration with UNDP SEAHIV, UNAIDS and the Singapore Maritime
Academy, has developed a Computer Based Training Programme on HIV/AIDS.
result is a relevant and user-friendly training material consisting
of a CD-ROM, a student’s coursebook, and an instructor’s manual. The
programme allows students to work individually, with additional case
studies designed for a classroom environment. The course consists of
eight modules, covering a range of topics including facts about HIV/AIDS,
HIV prevention, testing, and living and working with people with HIV/AIDS.
The material is intended to be used in both at training institutes and
on-board ship as part of workplace policies.
programme was launched at the Second Regional Forum on Maritime Manpower
Planning, Training, Utilization and Networking of Centres of Excellence
in Bangkok on 17 October 2003. The Forum was attended by 60 major stakeholders
from the region and beyond, representing national associations, maritime
training institutes, shipowners, manning agents, maritime administration
and ministries and including the International Maritime Organization.