Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey 2 (SHIMS 2) 2016-2017
Following SHIMS 1 conducted in 2011, SHIMS 2 provides the first measure of the impact of HIV program scale-up in response to the HIV epidemic. It further provides useful information for policy direction and strategic planning for the HIV response in Eswatini and ensures adoption of new approaches toward achieving the country’s goal of ending AIDS by 2022. SHIMS 2reflects the nation’s journey in the fight against HIV and encourages policy makers to use this as a tool to mobilize financial, technical, and logistical resources to strengthen the national HIV response.
SHIMS 2 results show a significant reduction in new infections by nearly half and doubling in the proportion of HIV-positive people with suppressed viral loads since 2011. SHIMS 2 results also show significant achievements toward the 90-90-90 goals, with Eswatini at 87-89-91. These important data contribute to the national and global body of HIV knowledge to achieve an AIDS-free generation by 2022 in Eswatini and by 2030 globally. The findings indicate that the country is on the right path to end the epidemic despite its devastating effects over past decades.
SHIMS 2 was led by the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini (GKOE) Central Statistical Office, Ministry of Health, and National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA) and implemented in partnership with ICAP at Columbia University (in Eswatini and New York). Technical and funding support were provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).