National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS

PLAN HIV RESPONSE AT INKHUNDLA & CHIEFDOM LEVELS- KING MSWATI III

19 February 2020

In opening the Second Session of the 11th Parliament on the 31st January 2020, His Majesty’s directive for the HIV response in 2020 was that the HIV response must be planned at Inkhundla (constituency) and chiefdom levels, which will put the communities at the centre of the epidemic and this approach would ensure that no one is left behind.

Addressing HIV and AIDS issues, His Majesty assured the nation that ending AIDS by 2022 is on track. The King said in 2019, the world united in France to mobilize resources for the fight against HIV/AIDS where Eswatini pledged US$6 million over a three-year period. He said from this pledge, the country was pleased that the Global Fund had in turn committed the highest amount ever received by the Kingdom. He said this would enhance the country’s performance on the global HIV indicators which had shown great improvement over the last three years.

“The number of new HIV infections are decreasing, AIDS-related deaths declining and people living with HIV on treatment are virally suppressed,” he said. The King further added that mothers were giving birth to children free from HIV, and that these were all positive signs that Eswatini was indeed on the right track to achieve its vision of ending AIDS as a public health threat.

His Majesty noted though, that in as much as there were great successes, there was still a lot to accomplish in the next 2 years and efforts must reach the most vulnerable populations at risk of contracting HIV. He further extended appreciation for the technical and financial support received from development partners.

“Bayethe Wena Waphakathi!” was the response from the NERCHA National Executive Director, Khanyakwezwe Mabuza when quizzed for comment on His Majesty’s directive as provided in the Speech from the Throne. Mabuza mentioned that the country has put in place the National Multisectoral HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework (NSF) 2018-2023, which lists programmes and time bound targets to drive the country to the envisaged Vision 2022. He said, “With his Majesty having provided policy direction for the year, it is all systems go on the delivery of the NSF programmes, with special focus on community involvement and engagement”.

Mabuza echoed His Majesty’s assertion that there remained a lot to achieve in the “Last Mile” but stated the national response remained motivated by the achievements in the recent years. He noted that to make meaningful headway, there is need to do more of what works as well as to learn from the short-falls and address existing programming gaps.

In opening the Second Session of the 11th Parliament on the 31st January 2020, His Majesty’s directive for the HIV response in 2020 was that the HIV response must be planned at Inkhundla (constituency) and chiefdom levels, which will put the communities at the centre of the epidemic and this approach would ensure that no one is left behind.

Addressing HIV and AIDS issues, His Majesty assured the nation that ending AIDS by 2022 is on track. The King said in 2019, the world united in France to mobilize resources for the fight against HIV/AIDS where Eswatini pledged US$6 million over a three-year period. He said from this pledge, the country was pleased that the Global Fund had in turn committed the highest amount ever received by the Kingdom. He said this would enhance the country’s performance on the global HIV indicators which had shown great improvement over the last three years.

“The number of new HIV infections are decreasing, AIDS-related deaths declining and people living with HIV on treatment are virally suppressed,” he said. The King further added that mothers were giving birth to children free from HIV, and that these were all positive signs that Eswatini was indeed on the right track to achieve its vision of ending AIDS as a public health threat.

His Majesty noted though, that in as much as there were great successes, there was still a lot to accomplish in the next 2 years and efforts must reach the most vulnerable populations at risk of contracting HIV. He further extended appreciation for the technical and financial support received from development partners.

“Bayethe Wena Waphakathi!” was the response from the NERCHA National Executive Director, Khanyakwezwe Mabuza when quizzed for comment on His Majesty’s directive as provided in the Speech from the Throne. Mabuza mentioned that the country has put in place the National Multisectoral HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework (NSF) 2018-2023, which lists programmes and time bound targets to drive the country to the envisaged Vision 2022. He said, “With his Majesty having provided policy direction for the year, it is all systems go on the delivery of the NSF programmes, with special focus on community involvement and engagement”.

Mabuza echoed His Majesty’s assertion that there remained a lot to achieve in the “Last Mile” but stated the national response remained motivated by the achievements in the recent years. He noted that to make meaningful headway, there is need to do more of what works as well as to learn from the short-falls and address existing programming gaps.