Strengthening capacity of community leadership to champion HIV response in Swaziland
SAfAIDS in partnership with Khulisa Umntfwana successfully conducted a 2-day training for 30 traditional leaders at ESibayeni Lodge in October 2016. The Traditional Leaders came from 15 chiefdoms in the four regions of Swaziland. SAfAIDS Deputy Director, Khulisa Umntfwana Executive Director and two National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) members also participated the training. The main goal of the training was to equip traditional leaders with the necessary skills and knowledge to mobilize at least 90% of people in their communities both the young and old, men and women to access HIV testing services.
The training was facilitated by the Swaziland National AIDS Programme (SNAP), National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA), Ministry of Health, Khulisa Umntfwana and SAfAIDS. During the training, the results of the community mapping exercise were also disseminated by the lead consultant. The training and the dissemination of results were covered by the national television station, Swazi TV. Traditional leaders welcomed the initiative and promised to fully support the village to village “I know my HIV status” campaign in their communities. Prince Gasa WaNgwane of Qomintaba Royal Kraal urged fellow leaders to be firm on addressing GBV issues and also protect the rights of vulnerable groups in their communities.