Swaziland News

  Our Background
Mayor Themba Dlamini
Rudolph Maziya

Chapter Chairperson
Country Programme Director
The Kingdom of Swaziland, with a total population estimated at 1,371 million people, has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world. The HIV prevalence among adults is 25.9% and there are almost 70, 000 orphans due to HIV/AIDS. The life expectancy of a Swazi is currently only 47. In February 1999, His Majesty King Mswati III declared HIV/AIDS a national disaster, and a national HIV/AIDS Crisis Management and Technical Committee was formed to develop strategies to tackle this disaster. Recognition has been given by the City Councils in Swaziland to the fact that HIV/AIDS is more than a health issue alone - it is also a development issue and thus requires involvement of all sectors of society.. Read more


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Valuable Links
HIV/ AIDS treatment in Swaziland:
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Epidemiological Country Profile:
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Country Cooperation Strategy (2008-2013):
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Health Financing Swaziland (as of 2005):
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Health Profile Swaziland (as of 2008):
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National AIDS Spending Assessment 2005/06 and 2006/07 The Kingdom of Swaziland
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HIV and Prisons in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities for Action
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Contact Details

Mr. Rudolph Maziya
Country Programme Director
Corner Sandlane&Nkoseluhlata
Streets, Lamvelase Premises, Manzini

Tel : (+268) 505-7143/ - 7792
        (+268) 505-7755
Fax: (+268) 505-7259

[email protected]

Skype: Rudolph.Thamsaqa.Dumezweni. Mazi

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  Our Partners  

In addition to Swaziland Association of Local Authorities (SWALGA) and the Local Authority Managers Association of Swaziland (LAMAS), initial support for development of AMICAALL Swaziland came from UNDP, UN APP and the Africa Capacity Development Foundation. AMICAALL Swaziland, working with local authorities and community HIV/AIDS Action Committees, now has over 30 international and local partners collaborating on a wide range of activities. These partners include: Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MHUD), National Emergency Response Committee on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA),UNICEF, United National Population Fund (UNFPA), World Food Programme, Mandela Children's Foundation, and Save the Children. Other partners include:
African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) - provided two, four-year grants (2001-2005 and 2006-2010) of approximately US$1 million each, to implement and expand the AMICAALL Swaziland Programme.
Coca Cola Foundation - provided funding for a Multi-Purpose Centre in Manzini.
European Union – providing funds for voluntary counseling and testing centres in two towns.
Global Fund to Fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - providing support for AMICAALL Programme activities at municipal levels.
Government of Swaziland - allocated US$ 300,000 for AMICAALL Programme activities.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) - through its Ulysses programme, PwC provided technical assistance to develop local financial and management systems for community funding and programme management.
Sister Cities, Fort Worth, Texas – developing city-to-city cooperation activities with Mbabane.
Salvation Army - supporting a Voluntary Testing and Counceling Centre in the offices of Ezulwini Town Board.
Telluride AIDS Benefit - providing small grants through AMICAALL/Swaziland (food support, school fees for orphans, counseling and HIV prevention, sanitation facilities, etc.) targeting households and communities.
UNAIDS and UN APP – supported the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework.
US Conference of Mayors / US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - supporting city-to-city cooperation between cities/towns in Swaziland and in the USA.
VNG / AIDS FONDS / STOP AIDS NOW! (Netherlands) - supported HIV prevention and youth programmes in Mbabane via city-to-city cooperation between cities in Swaziland and in the Netherlands.

  Key facts Swaziland & HIV/ AIDS  
Latest statistics
Total Population: 1, 371 Million
Life expectancy at birth m/f (years): 47
Gross national income per capita (PPP international $): 5,132.00
Adults aged 15 to 49 prevalence rate: 25.9%
Adults (15-up) living with HIV/AIDS: 170,000
Women ( 15 – Up) living with HIV/AIDS: 100,000
Children (0-14) living with HIV/AIDS: 14, 000
Estimated number of deaths due to AIDS: 7,000
Estimated number of orphans ( aged 0-17) due to AIDS: 69,000
Swaziland is part of the Analysis of Prevention Response and Modes of Transmission Study (MOT)  initiative, which is a multi-country initiative currently supported by UNAIDS and the World Bank Global HIV and AIDS Programme's Global HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Team (GAMET).
In better understanding the populations at high risk, the MOT study in Swaziland revealed that its HIV epidemic is maintained by underlying cultural and socio economic factors, such as sexual entitlements, cultural expectations of men and women, power differentials in intimate relationships, and income inequality.
Contextual factors include statistics such as those revealed by a recent UNICEF sttudy. This study showed that one in four women faced sexual violence as a child and two out of three 18-24 year-old women had experienced sexual violence. Boyfriends and husbands were the most frequent perpetrators of this violence.




(The latest statistics are from UNAIDS, 2009)

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