Every year on 1st March, Eswatini joins the rest of the world to commemorate Zero Discrimination Day.
With the multitude of achievements eSwatini has attained in the HIV response, most notable is providing treatment for People Living with HIV (PLHIV), mainly through domestic resources, and maintaining this commitment despite the fiscal challenges facing Government.
The ENDING AIDS AGENDA calls for our collective efforts in order to achieve our 2022 target. The 37 year journey has been a laborious one for us Emaswati as we battled with a pandemic that saw us claim the number one spot in the world for being the smallest country with a high HIV Prevalence.
For the past two weeks or so, I have been laughing my lungs out at the different messages and memes shared by ‘’the male gender’’ on social media and how they feel about Valentine’s day. Like honestly though, why do men fear Valentine’s day so much, and when will they ever get used to Valentine? READ MORE....
Research shows that young people between the ages 15-24 are most affected by HIV / AIDS and a sizable number of them are girls reported to be falling pregnant which is a sign that they do not use protection. It is also imperative that our youth be consistently encouraged to use protective measures to prevent HIV infections. Prevention remains the Cornerstone of ending AIDS. We will not be able to treat ourselves out of the pandemic, only adopting appropriate behavior reduces the need for treatment.
“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.
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.