SHARE is a regional HIV/AIDS resource and collaboration portal
In 2001 the Kingdom of Swaziland created The National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA) under the Prime Minister's Office, and subsequently through an Act of Parliament, The NERCHA Act No. 8/2003. NERCHA was created to coordinate and facilitate the National Multisectoral HIV/AIDS response and oversee the implementation of the national strategic plans and frameworks.
NERCHA is not an implementing body, its goal is rather to organize and manage the nation’s war against the AIDS epidemic. Acting as the conduit for monies received from Government and the U.N. Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, NERCHA works with organizational and community partners across all sectors to ensure that comprehensive services are delivered at the grass-roots level throughout the nation.
With NERCHA’s leadership, the nation has created and implemented a strategic response to HIV/AIDS that has impacted thousands of Swazis. The response has focused on local, community-driven solutions that align with a national vision. These programmes are geared to be sustainable and to target all segments of Swazi society, the uninfected, the infected and the affected.
FLAS is a non-governmental organization (NGO) and not-for-profit organization, a full member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) that has been successfully operating in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in Swaziland since 1979. With a long history of innovative and high-quality services and programmes, FLAS has been a leader in delivering innovative, youth focused services; sharing best practices and knowledge; engaging in advocacy and partnerships; and implementing sustainable, gender sensitive service delivery models that result in the prevention and reduction of unwanted pregnancies, maternal mortality, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, unsafe abortions and gender-based violence.
Currently, at the core of FLAS’s work is the provision of comprehensive, integrated family planning and HIV and AIDS services through youth and adult static clinics – based in the urban hubs of Manzini and Mbabane – as well as mobile clinics that reach more remote communities of Swaziland. Each of the youth friendly clinics has recreational facilities attached, designed to attract young people and to encourage an increase in their knowledge of SRH issues and the constructive use of their time. A network of peer educators who work with young people to ensure they are equipped with the information and skills they need to make healthy choices in their lives bolsters FLAS’s clinical work. All of the major activities conducted by FLAS are underpinned by its efforts to advocate for stronger SRH policies, raise awareness about SRH issues, and utilize the mass media to increase the uptake of SRH services, especially among the vulnerable and underserved.
Lusweti Institute for Health Development Communication provides a comprehensive package of Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) and pioneered the integration of SBCC and HIV prevention interventions to bring social change to society ensuring that the majority of people in Swaziland will be practising positive behaviour with respect to HIV and AIDS, health and development. From enticing multimedia edutainment programs and influential advocacy campaigns to effective social mobilization activities and sustainable capacity building projects; we ensure that our interventions work together to maximise impact and achieve behaviour change. All our interventions are rigoursly researched to ensure that social norms and behaviours of our target audience are captured and incorporated into program design to meet local requirements. Lusweti is enjoying over 80% brand recognition and reaches more than 70% of the population.