Swaziland

Overview

There are currently 220,000 people living with HIV in Swaziland. Less than half of both children (0-14) and adults (aged 15 and up) living with HIV were receiving life-saving antiretroviral medications as of 2013.
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Key Program Accomplishments

Since 2003, EGPAF-Swaziland:

Provided access to PMTCT services to nearly 250,000 women

Ensured more than 88,000 HIV-positive pregnant women received ART

Screened more than 45,000 HIV-positive clients for TB

Tested 903 drug susceptible-TB cases for HIV, and initiated 612 on ART

Averted nearly 17,000 HIV infections

Enrolled 1,187 HIV-positive children in psychosocial support services

Our Work

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) began supporting the Kingdom of Swaziland in 2003 to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) and to provide HIV and AIDS care and treatment services. EGPAF-Swaziland’s work aims to ensure every client has access to HIV testing, high-quality counseling, and psychosocial support within a variety of easily accessible health settings throughout the country.

EGPAF-Swaziland provides support to improve local infrastructure and health systems through trainings, mentorship, and procurement of essential HIV drugs and commodities. We also work to increase community engagement in PMTCT, early infant HIV diagnosis, and male circumcision. Currently, EGPAF-Swaziland provides comprehensive support to 56 sites in the Hhohho and Shiselweni regions with PMTCT, ART, and tuberculosis (TB) related services.

In addition, Swaziland has conducted several research studies aimed at improving program implementation and efficacy. Our research has focused on evaluations of mother-to-child HIV transmission, best practices in HIV counseling and testing, and approaches which foster community engagement in PMTCT and maternal, newborn and child health care services.

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