Like neighboring South Africa, Swaziland has been severely impacted by the HIV epidemic. According to the most recent estimates, adult HIV prevalence in 2009 was around 26% – the highest in the world. Each year close to 7,000 Swazis die of AIDS-related causes.
With the growth of the national ART program, stigma associated with HIV is gradually decreasing in Swaziland. As more people are coming forward to get tested, however, most of the government-run ART clinics are surpassing their capacity to provide care. The HIV incidence rate, of adults aged 15-49, is projected to decline from 2.74% in 2010 to 2.35% in 2015. Although the rate seems to be declining the actual number of new annual HIV infections among the general population are expected to increase from 13, 885 to 14,444 during the same period (Spectrum HIV Estimates & Projections, 2012)
- Population: 1.2 million
- People living with HIV: 190,027 and projected to be 219,393 by 2015
- People receiving ART: 72402 (UNAIDS,2012)
- Treatment Sites: 2
- Locations: Manzini and Nhlangano
- Patients in care: 8,443
- Patients receiving ART: 6,073
AHF in Swaziland
In 2007, AHF established a clinic in Manzini, Swaziland’s second largest city, to care for HIV positive patients in and around the city, and to alleviate some of the capacity limitations created by the expanding need for ART. The founding of the clinic was realized through AHF’s partnership with the Manzini Municipal Council, the Ministry of Health, Population Services International in conjunction with Family Life Association Swaziland and AMICAALL Swaziland. The AMICAALL program is responsible for the coordinating the clinic’s services with other prevention activities, social support and community mobilization.
The AHF clinic has gained popularity for its quality of care and relatively short wait times. In addition to the prevention and treatment offered through the healthcare center, we conduct outreach and plan events to promote condom use and get people tested. In 2009, we started distributing AHF-branded LOVE Condoms and offering confidential, rapid HIV testing all around Swaziland.
Statistics from UNAIDS.org, 2012, unless otherwise stated.
AHF Services in Swaziland
AHF Swaziland provides high-quality HIV treatment with relatively short wait times. In addition to offering medication and prevention services, we distribute condoms and conduct confidential HIV testing at outreach events and through our healthcare center.
Dr. Nduduzo Dube, Country Programme Manager
Cnr. Nkoseluhlaza & Sandlane Str.
+268 2505 9183 Clinic (also Fax)
+268 76151044 Cell