Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Central Statistical Office (Swaziland), Environmental Health Department, Ministry of Health (Swaziland), Health Promotion Unit (Swaziland), ICAP, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Ministry of Health (Swaziland), National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA) (Swaziland), Swaziland Health Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health (SHLS), Swaziland Health Research (SHR), Swaziland National AIDS Programme (SNAP). Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey Summary Sheet: Preliminary Findings November 2017. New York, New York: ICAP, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2017 ...
New HIV infections in Swaziland have fallen by nearly one half (44%) since 2011, and the number of people who are virally suppressed more than doubled, according to exciting data presented at the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science in Paris yesterday.. 73% of all people living with HIV in Swaziland, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, now have an undetectable viral load - meaning they cannot transmit the virus to others. The statistics suggest that Swaziland has reached the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Fast-Track Goals of getting 73% of all people living with HIV virally suppressed.. The findings come from the second Population HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2), and are the first to show the impact of the scale-up to Treat All in a high-burden setting.. According to UNAIDS, an estimated 220,000 people were living with HIV in Swaziland, and it has the highest HIV prevalence globally at an estimated 27% in 2016.. The data reveals differences ...
The Kingdom of Swaziland is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAAs implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The Convention entered into force for the Kingdom of Swaziland on July 1, 2013. The Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland announced in June 2013 that it plans to continue the existing suspension on all new intercountry adoptions while it focuses on taking the steps necessary to fully implement the Convention. The Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland has not informed the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane of an expected end date to the suspension.. Transition cases may be completed under the previous "orphan" process. Transition cases ...
In this small, landlocked economy, subsistence agriculture occupies approximately 70% of the population. The manufacturing sector has diversified since the mid-1980s. Sugar and wood pulp remain important foreign exchange earners. In 2007, the sugar industry increased efficiency and diversification efforts, in response to a 17% decline in EU sugar prices. Mining has declined in importance in recent years with only coal and quarry stone mines remaining active. Surrounded by South Africa, except for a short border with Mozambique, Swaziland is heavily dependent on South Africa from which it receives more than nine-tenths of its imports and to which it sends 60% of its exports. Swazilands currency is pegged to the South African rand, subsuming Swazilands monetary policy to South Africa. Customs duties from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) account for two-thirds of Swazilands government revenues, and worker remittances from South Africa substantially supplement domestically earned income. ...
ABSTRACT. Quality of life (QOL) domains that are context specific to people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Swaziland are unknown. This presents a problem when research has to be conducted on QOL of PLWHA who are on ART. As a result, this study was conducted to identify, validate and describe domains necessary to assess QOL of PLWHA, who are on ART in Swaziland. A qualitative, explorative, descriptive, and contextual design was used for this study. The first phase dealt with a review of fifty existing QOL definitions and the identification of the common domains amongst them. Findings from this review revealed that the most common domains of QOL are the physiological, psychological, spiritual and socio-economic domains. The second phase was the validation of the above common domains identified from the examined QOL definitions to make them context specific to PLWHA who are on ART in Swaziland. A workshop was used to validate the domains with expert ...
The purpose of this study is to understand how best to provide care and treatment services to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive pregnant women and their babies in Swaziland. The study is designed to evaluate a new approach for Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT)where all HIV positive pregnant women initiate lifelong triple antiretroviral (ARV) therapy regardless of their disease stage. The goal is to prevent delays in women accessing treatment for their own health and ensure that women and their children remain in care. This study will compare this new approach to PMTCT, known as Option B+, to Option A, which is the current standard of care for PMTCT in Swaziland. The study will be conducted at 10 health facilities in the Manzini and Lubombo regions in Swaziland. The study has three components: the main component is a PMTCT Options Evaluation where data from medical records will be abstracted on all HIV positive pregnant women attending antenatal services at the 10 selected ...
UNAIDS congratulates the Kingdom of Swaziland on the findings of the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2) announced by Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini today in Mbabane, Swaziland that 73% of the adult population aged 15 years and older are virally suppressed-76% of adult women and 68% of adult men. The survey, part of…
The Swaziland National Union of Students is a membership-based organisation of students in all higher institutions of learning in Swaziland. It seeks to create a student movement and geared to confront the socio economic and political challenges of the country. The organisation also advocates an education policy that is informed by the economic demands faced by the country and the democratisation of Swazi society. The Unions President, [Brian Sangweni]], was elected in 25 February 2017. Ndlovu, Hlengiwe (2 February 2010). "Tertiary students abandon classes". The Swazi Observer. Retrieved 25 February 2010. Ndzimandze, Mbongiseni (5 September 2009). "Students union seeks ministers ears". The Swazi Observer. Retrieved 25 February 2010. Ndlovu, Hlengiwe (3 February 2010). "Students deliver petition at PMs office". The Swazi Observer. Retrieved 25 February 2010. "SNUS Demonstrations". Africa Contact. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010. http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/30953 ...
Mswati III (born Makhosetive on April 19, 1968) of Swaziland is the king of Swaziland, and head of the Swazi Royal Family. He succeeded his late father,
Swaziland is a country in Southern Africa, bordering South Africa in its west and Mozambique in the east. Swaziland monarchy is one of the oldest in Africa.
Background Investigation of household contacts exposed to infectious tuberculosis (TB) is widely recommended by international guidelines to identify secondary cases of TB and limit spread. There is little data to guide the use of contact investigations outside of the household, despite strong evidence that most TB infections occur outside of the home in TB high burden settings. In older adolescents, the majority of infections are estimated to occur in school. Therefore, as part of a project to increase active case finding in Swaziland, we performed school contact investigations following the identification of a student with infectious TB. Methods The Butimba Project identified 7 adolescent TB index cases (age 10-20) with microbiologically confirmed disease attending 6 different schools between June 2014 and March 2015. In addition to household contact investigations, Butimba Project staff worked with the Swaziland School Health Programme (SHP) to perform school contact investigations. At 6 school TB
Ministry of Health (Swaziland), World Health Organization (WHO). Swaziland STEPS Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors Survey 2007 ...
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During the 1970s and early 1980s, although Swaziland claimed to be neutral in the Cold War, it was actually pro-Western and maintained strong relations with South Africa, including clandestine cooperation in economic and security matters. South Africa invested heavily in Swazilands economy, and Swaziland joined the Pretoria-dominated Southern African Customs Union. During the 1980s, some South African businesses also used Swazi territory as a transshipment point in order to circumvent international sanctions on South Africa. Relying on a secret security agreement with South Africa in 1982, Swazi officials harassed African National Congress representatives in the capital, Mbabane, and eventually expelled them from Swaziland. South African security forces, operating undercover, also carried out operations against the ANC on Swazi territory. Throughout this time, part of the Swazi royal family quietly sought the reintegration of Swazi-occupied territory in South Africa into their kingdom. On 27 ...
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Health ministers from Swaziland and South Africa have agreed to radically change the diagnosis and treatment of the co-epidemic of [tuberculosis ...
A life expectancy of 31 years.. ? If youre fifteen you have less than a 10 percent chance of living to age 35.. ? More than 50 percent of the population lives on 28 cents a day.. ? Half of the countrys population are under the age of 15.. Our team went to a medical clinic one afternoon to walk in the shoes of those caring for people infected with HIV. The clinic was old and worn out, medicine was in short supply, and understaffed. The waiting room was filled with patients. Some on the brink of death, others perfectly healthy. The nurses spoke about how the disease has affected their community, turning it into a continual flood of men and women coming for HIV tests, fearing the worst. On a typical day of testing, eight out of every 10 people will test positive for HIV.. Unbelievable. How many communities in Swaziland are also facing this sad reality? 46% is one thing, but 80% - Lord Jesus. What can be done? Who is left to help care for the tidal wave of orphans left all alone? In a few years ...
In a cluster-randomized trial done in Swaziland, Margaret McNairy and colleagues test a combined intervention for linking and retaining adults with HIV infection in care.
Preliminary results of Swazilands national census released last month found that since 1997, the countrys population has decreased by 17,489 people to ...
An acute government funding crisis in Swaziland is disrupting supplies of HIV/Aids drugs and hampering the fight against the virus in the country.
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In a survey of 283 deliveries in Swaziland, active syphilis (positive results in the Treponema pallidum haemagglutination assay (TPHA) and the rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test) was found in 37 (13.1%) and possibly active infection (positive TPHA but negative RPR test results) in a further 87 (30.7%). The perinatal mortality of untreated mothers with active disease was 21.9% (7/32). The RPR test carried out antenatally by nurses had a sensitivity of 36% (13/36) and predictive accuracy of 48% (13/27). Awareness of this incidence of syphilis led to improved antenatal clinic measures and the prophylactic treatment of all newborn infants. More comprehensive serology is discussed and the prophylactic treatment of mothers considered. The need for health education aiming at safer sexual practices is of paramount importance in a society facing the arrival of the human immunodeficiency virus.. ...
2015 Swaziland Labor Force by Occupation data, including comparisons against world and regional benchmarks. This page is part of Econ Stats, the Economic Indicators and Statistics Database that has been compiled by EconomyWatch.com from thousands of data sources, including the IMF, World Bank, World Economic Forum and CIA.
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Police officers in Swaziland are forced to walk or hitch-hike to crime and accident scenes because the government has not paid for fuel or vehicle repairs.
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A study on Factors associated with non-disclosure of HIV positive status to sexual partners by adult patients attending the VCT clinic at Nhlangano health centre, Swaziland. Aim: To describe the factors associated with non-disclosure of known HIV sero-positive status to sexual partners by adult patients attending the VCT clinic at Nhlangano health center, Swaziland. Design:- Cross-sectional study using questionnaire administered by a trained research assistant. Setting:- Nhlangano health center VCT clinic, Nhlangano town in the Shiselweni region, Southern Swaziland. Study population:- All adult patients above the age of 18 years who had undergone HIV testing, who knew their positive HIV status and had follow up visits at the VCT clinic of Nhlangano health centre, from November 2005 (when the centre started rendering VCT service) till the beginning of the data collection, in September, 2008. Results:-The vast majority (89.1%) disclosed their positive HIV status to their sexual partners and 94.6% ...
Most of Eswatinis people are ethnically Swazi. There is also a small number of Zulu and White Africans, mostly people of British and Afrikaner descent. Swaziland also had Portuguese settlers and African refugees from Mozambique. 82.70% of the people are Christian, Christianity in Eswatini is sometimes mixed with traditional beliefs and practices. Some people think of the king as having a spiritual role. Eswatini also has a small Muslim minority. Swazi have been subsistence farmers and herders. They now mix such activities with work in the growing urban economy and in government. Some Swazi work in the mines in South Africa. SiSwati[11] and English are the official languages. SiSwati has 2.5 million speakers and is taught in schools. It is also one of the official languages of South Africa. About 76,000 people in the country speak Zulu.[12] Tsonga is spoken by about 19,000 people in Swaziland. Afrikaans is also spoken by some residents of Afrikaner descent. ...
Fifty-five Swazi patients are celebrating successful treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in an MSF project in Mankayane.
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Travellers are at high risk of acquiring STIs if they have unprotected sex outside a monogamous relationship, engage in casual sex, or use the services of sex workers. During travel, some people may be less inclined to follow social mores dictating their behaviour back home and look for adventurous opportunities involving sex. Long term travellers may also be at increased risk due to feelings of loneliness or being homesick.. Travellers should also be aware of sexual tourism and how it spreads STIs. Sexual tourism is travel for the procurement of sex abroad. Travellers participating in this type of exploitive tourism use the services of sex workers or children that are forced to engage in the trade as a result of deceptive practices or are part of human trafficking networks. Its illegal in many countries and you can be prosecuted in your home country for engaging in sexual exploitation of minors abroad. Sexual violence such as rape can also increase risk of acquiring STIs. ...
Linkage of patients from HIV testing to HIV care programs and their retention once enrolled in care are essential to HIV program effectiveness in terms of prevention of HIV;related morbidity and mortality and prevention of HIV transmission. Linkage and retention rates in HIV programs in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are suboptimal, with less than half of patients who test positive successfully linking and remaining in care at 1 year. This study is a two-arm cluster site;randomized trial to compare the effectiveness of a novel combination package of evidence;based interventions, the combination intervention strategy (CIS), compared to standard of care (SOC) on linkage and retention of HIV;positive patients from point of testing to retention in care. CIS will include 1) point of care CD4+ count assays at HIV testing sites; 2) accelerated antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation for eligible patients; 3) provision of a basic care and prevention package (BCPP); 4) short message service (SMS) reminders for ...
Speaker: Douglas Keene, MSH. Country response: Representatives of each of the seven southern African countries participating in the meeting will share their thoughts on the most important points learned at the meeting and what would be needed to achieve the objectives of medicines benefits policies on the path to UHC in their countries.. Representatives from Swaziland noted that although the public sector is the predominant source of health services for the countrys population, public-private partnerships exist for specific conditions, including renal dialysis, ART, and TB. Private sector TB medicines are paid for by medicine schemes that get medicines from the public sector. Swaziland is involved in the SADC pooled procurement initiative to use economies of scale to lower medicines prices and other regulatory harmonization activities. The country needs to accelerate UHC implementation to expand access to medicines and prioritize governance stewardship, inclusiveness, financing policies, and ...
The incidence of HIV/AIDS continues to soar in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, despite national and international efforts to curb the AIDS pandemic.
Female sex workers are at high risk of both HIV infection and unintended pregnancy. Although programs and policies targeting female sex workers emphasize HIV prevention and condom promotion, they typically pay limited attention to the family planning needs of these women.
In an announcement by Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini, 3,042 cases of diarrhea due to rotavirus were treated in outpatient departments of hospitals countrywide. More than 500 children affected required hospitalization for their illness.. Dlamini assured the public that all treatment requirements for the management of the disease have been distributed to all facilities and health workers have been refreshed on case management and treatment guidelines. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rotavirus disease is most common in infants and young children, but adults and older children can also become infected with rotavirus. It is responsible for the death of over 600,000 children annually worldwide. Once a person has been exposed to rotavirus, it takes about 2 days for symptoms to appear.. Rotavirus is shed (passed from a persons body into the environment) in feces (stool) of infected persons. The virus spreads by the fecal-oral route; this means that the virus must ...
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The Center for Global Health and Prevention (CDC) began supporting Swaziland in 2004 and opened a field office there in 2007. With 26 percent of adults in the 15-49 age group HIV positive, Swaziland has the worlds highest estimated prevalence rate of HIV-infected adults.
The following descriptions and recommendations were extracted from WHO guidance on safe abortion.. In situations where abortion is restricted for sex selection purposes, terminating a pregnancy for this reason is likely to involve an unsafe procedure carrying high risks. Any policies or guidelines on the use of technology in obstetric and fetal medicine should take into account the need to ensure womens access to safe abortion and other services - efforts to manage or limit sex selection should also not hamper or limit access to safe abortion services. Preventing gender-biased sex selection: an interagency statement, p 10 - Recommendation.. ...
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Water contact diseases: This entry is derived from People , Major infectious diseases, which lists major infectious diseases likely to be encountered in countries where the risk of such diseases is assessed to be very high as compared to the United States. These infectious diseases represent risks to US government personnel traveling to the specified country for a period of less than three years. The degree of risk is assessed by considering the foreign nature of these infectious diseases, their severity, and the probability of being affected by the diseases present. The diseases listed do not necessarily represent the total disease burden experienced by the local population ...
This period of rapid expansion and growth in the church was taking place at a politically turbulent time. Mswati II, the newly installed young king, turned against Malambule, who fled before him to take refuge at Allisons mission station. Allison refused to take sides and attempted in vain to mediate. A force of about 1,200 of Mswatis warriors, supported by Ohrigstad (Lydenburg) Boer Commandos, arrived at the Mission station during a Sunday morning service attended by some 700 - 800 people. A carnage took place leaving between fifty and sixty people dead, including women and children. Mswati demanded the surrender of the wounded, all the women and children and also a woman who had stated that God was greater than Mswati. It was clearly believed by Mswati and his councillors that Allison had interfered in internal politics and this incident was referred to many times in years to come as the church sought to advance. ...
Every day, Senzo wakes up and walks to catch a bus to the clinic for his daily injection. The injection is part of the complicated two-year-long treatment for his drug-resistant form of TB.
Journal Reference: The New England journal of medicine 2015 Mar 19; 372(12); 1181-2. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1413930. Epub 2015 03 27 ...
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Usually symptoms appear 1 to 3 weeks after exposure to the bacteria. Depending on the virulence of the infection symptoms can range from mild to severe. The illness is characterized by extreme fatigue and increasing fever. Other symptoms include headache, lack of appetite, malaise, and an enlarged liver. Sometimes patients have diarrhea, constipation, or a rash on their trunk. Severe symptoms may appear 2 to 3 weeks after onset of the illness and may include intestinal hemorrhage or perforation. Some people who recover from Typhoid Fever and Paratyphoid Fever continue to be carriers of the bacteria and can potentially infect others. Treatment includes antibiotics and supportive care of symptoms. Antibiotic resistance to S. typhii is increasing worldwide. ...
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