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World AIDS Day, 2017

Swaziland, through the Ministry of Health (MoH), took part in the commemoration of World AIDS Day (WAD), 2017 at an event held at Sigwe Inkundla, in the Shiselweni region. Multitudes of people including students from local schools, People Living with HIV (PLHIV), members of armed and correctional service and police forces graced this event with a global theme Ending AIDS Together: Right to Health”.

WAD, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Regional Health Semi-Annual Review (ReHSAR).

 

Swaziland on World Health Day 

 

UNLOCKING QUALITY HEALTH SERVICES

The 49th edition of the Swaziland International Trade Fair (SITF), started on the 1st of September ending on the 11th of September 2017. Ever since the introduction of a free entrance at the Trade Fair, more and more people are attending this annual event. Therefore the MoH takes full advantage of this opportunity to engage the public, especially corporates whom are normally missed. The MoH brings in different programmes to exhibit ensuring that the whole health cascade is fully covered.

URC as the lead support partner to SNAP, had a role to play to ensure that the event is success and that all the objectives set by SNAP are well met. The support extended was from planning to the final implementation stages.

There were three themes that were developed for the 2017 SITF, which are all linked and guided messaging. The themes were for the actual Trade Fair, MoH and finally SNAP. The themes were as follows:

  • 2017 SITF- “Unlocking Trade Opportunities for Economic Growth”
  • MoH- Unlocking Quality Health Services”
  • SNAP-“Unlocking Quality HIV Service”

Link between SIPA and SNAP themes highlighted the importance for the economy of the country to grow but growth has to be accompanied by a heathy nation. A healthy nation will contribute positively to greater economic growth. The SNAP theme focused on promoting the newly introduced HIV services that the country is providing.

New SNAP Initiatives at the 2017 SITF

  • Self-Testing
  • Test and Start
  • CommART
  • PrEP
  • Viral Hepatitis