HIV and AIDS continue to be “Indzaba Yetfu Sonkhe” so it needs all our concerted efforts. To instill the vision of ending AIDS by 2022 as a public health threat to all sectors, constituencies, organization and communities, there is need for a constant and consistent dialogue on what needs to be done to achieve Vision 2022.
Early this month, a SADC delegation visited Eswatini for a grant Pre-Award assessment at Limkokwing University of Technology (LUCT), who applied as Lead Implementer to the SADC Round III HIV and AIDS Fund for facilitating regional HIV and AIDS response and will work in collaboration with Botswana and Lesotho.
His Majesty has mandated that the HIV response in 2020 be planned at Inkhundla (constituency) and chiefdom levels, which will put the communities at the centre of the epidemic and ensure that no one is left behind.
“Communities make the difference” , A recognition of the essential role that communities have played and continue to play, as well as seeks to mobilize communities to accelerate towards the ending of AIDS.
WAC has become one of the most influential platforms for people worldwide to unite in the fights against HIV to advocate for issues including the availing of ARVs to all who needed and financial resources for the HIV epidemic.
“To make this dream a reality, the government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, through NERCHA will provide a kick-start programme directed at supporting people living with HIV at grassroots level with a Regional Small Grants Programme.”
The impact of this funding, according to the Eswatini HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2), has seen a drastic decline of new HIV infections in the kingdom by almost half (44%) from 2.5 per cent to 1.4 per cent among adults (ages 18-49 years).
“From these numbers, how do we get to the people; how do we disseminate these results and make sense to them. Let us go and engage our front-line people and make them understand," said the PS in the Ministry of Health, Dr Simon Zwane.