Swaziland Community Based Volunteers and community members congratulating MoH for bringing EAAA services closer to Mshingishingini Community
A SAfAIDS – SWANNEPHA Early Access to ART for All (EAAA) services launch held on 28th February 2015 was met with enthusiasm and appreciation by most of the community members who attended the meeting. The EAAA services were launched through a demand creation community dialogue (DCCD) that was attended by 89 people (29 males and 60 females).
The participants included traditional leadership, a nurse from Mshingishingini clinic, members of the MaxART Consortium, Community Based Volunteers (CBVs), support group members, community resource group members and community members. The CBVs were very instrumental in mobilising their communities to participate in the DCCD. A CBV, Ms Thembelihle Emmett, encouraged women to pioneer the use of EAAA services as drivers of successful and healthy homes.
Women participating in the DCCD
“As women, we are mothers; note that behind every healthy and successful home there is a woman hence we need to face HIV head on by ensuring that we live as good examples to our families. Taking an HIV test is a good start and if found with the virus in your blood enrol for EAAA services.
We appreciate the Ministry for bring HIV treatment closer to us compared to before when ART could only be accessed through the Ntfonjeni clinic which is a distance from here. Having these services here at Mshingishingini is even better, said Ms Emmett.”
She added that as a CBV of the community she will mobilise her fellow community members boldly considering that free EAAA services are within reach, stressing that this is a good move for the health of their families and the entire community of Mshingishingini. This was also confirmed by the group of men during their dialogue.
Men dialoguing on EAAA at Mshingishingini Chiefdom
To date, the national response to HIV and AIDS has been guided by the health sector policy document on HIV and AIDS and STD Prevention and Control of 1998. This policy focused primarily on the health sector response to the epidemic. It is now an accepted principle that HIV and AIDS is not just a health issue but a major development concern, reversing the development gains achieved by the country over the past 30 years. In view of the need to involve all stakeholders in the national response the country has adopted the multisectoral approach in responding to HIV and AIDS.
partnerships in the response.
While this plan builds on the achievements of the past it also calls for up-scaling an intensification of the response as well as implementation of a comprehensive and truly multisectoral response.
The plan addresses strategies under four thematic areas namely; Prevention, Care, Support and Treatment, Impact Mitigation and Management of the national response. Under each thematic area, the plan presents the strategic issues, objectives, strategies and core indicators. The plan designates an urgent priority response agenda and a comprehensive response agenda
The national response has gone through five planning cycles since the AIDS epidemic emerged in the country. Every successive plan has to some degree represented an expansion of the response in line with growth and development of the epidemic in the country and introduction of new response tools by the international community. Because of the extensive nature of the epidemic, this plan seeks to contribute towards achievement of the vision to halt and reverse the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the country by 2015.
This plan shall contribute to the attainment of this vision by reducing new HIV infections, morbidity and mortality as well as by mitigating the socio-economic impact of the epidemic, creating an enabling environment for the national response and tracking implementation of the response. While this plan builds on the achievements of the past it also calls for up-scaling an intensification of the response as well as implementation of a comprehensive and truly multisectoral response. The plan addresses strategies under four thematic areas namely; Prevention, Care, Support and Treatment, Impact Mitigation and Management of the national response. Under each thematic area, the plan designates an agenda for urgent and priority issues.
The aim of this report is to outline the proceedings of the second ART Policy Dialogue (APD), which was held at the National HIV and AIDS Information Centre (NERCHA/SAfAIDS) in Manzini, Swaziland on the 17th of July 2007. The second APD was informed by the initial APD hence the theme "Nutrition, Herbs and ART: How can This Critical Linkage Be Supported By Policy?" Participants included representatives from the six SAfAIDS implementing partners, community based organisations, PLWHA, representatives from MOHSW, media houses, UN agencies, USG to mention but a few.