World AIDS Campaign/ World AIDS Day (WAC/WAD) Steering Committee Developing Messages

21 October 2013

World AIDS Day is held on 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.  World AIDS Day first held in 1998, was the first ever global health day.

Swaziland every year joins the international community in commemorating this day. 

The WAC/WAD Steering Committee constituting of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Swaziland National AIDS Programme (SNAP), UNAIDS, Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS), Lusweti, the Church Forum, and National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA), met at the Info Centre in Manzini on Wednesday, 16 October to develop messaging for the 2013 World AIDS Campaign and World AIDS Day Commemoration.

The theme for the 2013 WAC/WAD remains “Getting to Zero”, with a focus on Zero New Infections. The meeting emphasized that since the focus will be on empowering communities, sector relevant messages will revolve around issues of: HIV Testing (HTC), Prevention of mother-to-child Transmission (PMTCT), Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention (MC), promoting Condom Use, reducing Sexual Partners, and encouraging Abstinence for young people. Futhi Dennis-Langa, the NERCHA Prevention Coordinator stated that for the World AIDS Day commemoration to be held on Sunday, 1 December 2013, the Church Forum will advise on developing relevant messages on the identified key issues that will be in harmony with the spirit of day (Faith Based sector led).

The meeting was also graced by the presence of staff from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology who expressed an interest in assisting the Committee with creative artwork to enhance message delivery.