Sexual behavioral change remains one of the most effective ways of preventing further transmission among this vulnerable group. It has been argued that health is an important factor for academic achievement in higher education. Consequently, in the context of universities and colleges, promoting the health and well-being of all members means promoting effective learning.
With the growing number of student populations in Institutions of Higher Learning, it is pertinent that these institutions must cope with the cumulative impacts of HIV and AIDS over time. In order to do so, these institutions need accurate and up-to-date information on HIV prevention, the risk factors and drivers of new infections, to enable them to develop and implement evidence- based interventions.
It is from the above-mentioned facts and concerns that the National HIV & AIDS Information and Training Centre (Info Centre) together with stakeholders are taking a comprehensive program for institutions of Higher Learning to respond to the epidemic and alleviate its negative impact on the students, staff and surrounding communities. This Essential HIV and AIDS programme for the Higher Learning Institutions is based on HIV and AIDS and related issues aimed at supporting Higher Learning Institutions in mobilizing their responses to HIV and AIDS. Information will be disseminated through presentations, testimonies and films. Two films will be used to cover the facts about HIV. These films will present basic facts on HIV and AIDS (how it progresses in the body, how it is transmitted, positive living, treatment and more). The partners working with the Info Centre are Eswatini National AIDS Program (ENAP), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Population Services International (PSI), World Vision, Matsapha Town Board, Kwakha Indvodza, the Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS) and Young Positives.
Tertiary Institutions that will participate in the orientation exercise include: Good Shepherd Nursing College, Ngwane Teacher Training College, Eswatini College of Technology (ECOT), University of Swaziland (UNESWA),Gwamile VOCTIM, William Pitcher Teacher Training College and Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU).