K4Health’s Rebecca Shore recently travelled to Swaziland to attend NERCHA’s website launch event. K4Health through USAID and PEPFAR Swaziland provides technical support to NERCHA and the National Information Center in Swaziland. Below, originally posted on SHARE, is Rebecca’s account on the launch activities.
In the past communication has taken a back seat in the HIV response in Swaziland. In a country where HIV prevalence is about 26%, there is a dire need to communicate important information about HIV prevention, testing and care as well as general information about the response.
NERCHA coordinates and facilitates the National Multisectoral HIV and AIDS response and oversees the implementation of the national strategic plans and frameworks.
On 29 August 2013 at the Mountain Inn in Mbabane, Swaziland, the National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA) launched a few of their new communication tools. Members of the community associations and the media gathered to hear about these new resources for the HIV response in Swaziland.
The launch revealed that NERCHA is acquiring the popular radio programmeNoma Kunje Lisekhona Litsemba, the new and improved NERCHA website, and the NERCHA Facebook page. These tools highlighted NERCHA’s commitment to making communication a priority.
Noma Kunje Lisekhona Litsemba is a local radio program in Swaziland aired directly after the news during prime time on Tuesdays from 7:15 – 7:45pm and on Saturdays from 1:30 – 2:30pm. It covers issues around HIV and AIDS and other health concerns. NERCHA will take over this program from UNICEF on 1 October 2013, the host and producers will remain with the program to keep it successful as a source to highlight useful information in the HIV response.