Swaziland

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    This post was originally published by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative.

    Indvuna Michael Magongo

    According to Indvuna Michael Magongo, “The norm that a man should marry a very young girl because women age fast is no longer supported in our community.”

    “We as traditional leaders cannot watch young girls acquire HIV and be exposed to sexual abuse in the name of marriage.”

    Michael Magongo lives in a deeply rural village in Swaziland known as Bhadzeni Chiefdom. He, like the rest of the villagers, is a subsistence farmer growing corn and beans. He is married and, somewhat unusually, has only one wife.

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    Young women, members of the HC3 Young Women’s Empowerment Program in Swaziland, participate in a Community Clean up Campaign they organized for their area.

    Young women, members of the HC3 Young Women’s Empowerment Program in Swaziland, participate in a Community Clean up Campaign they organized for their area. Photo: HC3 Swaziland

    Swaziland’s young, married women are a priority population to reach in order to end new HIV infections, given that the country has a generalized HIV epidemic. Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence in the world, estimated at 26% among adults 15-49 and 31% among adults 18-49. Among young women, HIV prevalence ranges from 31% (women age 20-24) to 47% (25-29). HIV incidence is highest in women age 20-24 (4.2%) and 35-39 (4.2%).

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    Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to November 6, 2015

    The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community

    The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community is a regional inter-governmental health organization that fosters and promotes regional cooperation in health among its ten member states.

    Contribute to the health policy conversation! The East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) has extended the deadline for submitting abstracts to its 62nd ECSA Health Ministers Conference, to be held from 30th November to 4th December, 2015, in Port Louis, Mauritius.

    The theme of the Conference is Transitioning from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference will address the theme by examining four areas:

    1. Enhancing universal health coverage through innovations in health financing for risk protection
    2. Surveillance and control of emerging health conditions (NCDs and trauma)
    3. Regional collaboration in the surveillance and control of communicable diseases
    4. Innovations in health professional training using the College of Health Sciences model

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    Tweet About ECSA Health Community Best Practices Forum

    This month I had the privilege of attending the East Central and Southern African Health Community’s (ECSA-HC) 8th Best Practices Forum in Tanzania. In addition to sharing best practices in universal health coverage, human resources for health, and communicable and non-communicable diseases, the Forum celebrated ECSA-HC’s 40th anniversary of fostering regional cooperation to improve health.

    Forum attendees also welcomed ECSA-HC’s new Director General, Professor Yoswa Dambisya, an expert in human resources for health.

    According to it's website, ECSA-HC is an intergovernmental organization that "works with countries and partners to raise the standard of health for the people of the ECSA region by promoting efficiency and effectiveness of health services through cooperation, collaboration, research, capacity building, policy development and advocacy. Member states of the ECSA Health Community include Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe." 

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    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

    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.

  • Toolkit

    Welcome to the Swaziland HIV Prevention eToolkit. This collection of materials has been compiled by the National HIV & AIDS Information and Training Centre (Info Centre). The resources in this eToolkit cover a broad range of topics pertaining to HIV and AIDS prevention. The material are in the form of research papers, periodicals, books, training materials (toolkits and manuals), and awareness raising products (posters, booklets, leaflets, presentations), that creatively and factually share current and dynamic knowledge and skills relating to HIV and AIDS, TB, and other related prevention and impact mitigation responses.

  • Resource

    The Southern African HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS), with support from the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project, has conducted a series of national HIV information needs assessments in Southern Africa to support the planning and development of a knowledge management programme. This programme, which is part of the Southern Africa HIV Knowledge Management Initiative, aims to increase the dissemination and use of accurate, evidence-based, and up-to-date information in order to improve HIV prevention in the region.

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    Recently, while in Swaziland to assist the Soka Uncobe Project in developing a toolkit containing project materials and essential information on male circumcision, I was fortunate enough to attend the Nkamanzi Community Info Centre launch. While I did not understand every piece of the program due to many speeches being given in the local language, SiSwati, I discerned that they were giving praises to the implementing partners, including Knowledge for Health (K4Health), SAfAIDS, and NERCHA. Hearing high-level officials speak about the very project I work on while sitting on a mountainside in Swaziland was quite special to me.

    Info Centre Sign

    The event location was beautifully situated on one of the many mountains in Swaziland within the Nkamanzi community. The conference was well attended with community members, children, and government officials.   

  • Blog post

    Following a round of exciting meetings in Manzini to discuss how information and knowledge sharing on HIV/AIDS might be strengthened in Swaziland, I was looking forward to the weekend and staying at a funky B&B in a gorgeous farming valley outside of the capital, Mbabane.

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