Swaziland delegates share presentations in advance of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)

11 July 2012

This morning, the Ministry of Health and the National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA) held a briefing session at the Mountain Inn to bring together all delegates that will be attending the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC at the end of the month. Participants made brief presentations highlighting and showcasing their individual oral and poster conference presentations as a means of sharing within the country before the materials are presented in the international forum.

AIDS 2012 will be held from 22-27 July and the presentations shared this morning will form part of the Kingdom of Swaziland’s experiences gained in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, people living with HIV (PLHIV) and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. The Conference provides a chance to assess the status of the response, evaluate recent scientific and social developments and lessons learnt, and collectively map a way forward.

Some of the participants in this conference will include; the Swaziland National Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (SWANNEPHA) who will make a poster presentation titled “Documenting the experiences of PLHIV in the context of testing and treatment scale-up in Swaziland”. Also, Senator Thandie Shongwe is invited to be part of a panel to discuss issues of Sexual Reproductive Health linking with HIV and AIDS. The Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence – Swaziland will also be taking part in the Conference where the College will be taking six peer educators who are part of the Teen Club.