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With 26 percent of the adult population infected with HIV, Swaziland has the world’s highest HIV prevalence. The country is also faced with a tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, and is becoming more difficult to treat following the emergence of drug resistant forms of the disease. In Swaziland more than 80 percent of people infected with TB...
  Swaziland is a small, sub-Saharan African country with a population of only 1.2 million people and one of the world’s highest rates of both HIV prevalence and new TB infections. Since the early 1990’s, when these two diseases took root in the country, life expectancy has plummeted by more than 11 years. To ...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international humanitarian medical organisation working in over 80 countries world-wide. MSF is working in Swaziland, Shiselweni Region, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, to improve TB and HIV services. In the framework of the above, MSF is recruiting a Data Manager to be part of the MSF field team supporting the clinics in...
In this small southern African country, Swaziland, one in 4 adults is HIV-positive. Looking to achieve a generation without HIV/AIDS, MSF is focusing its efforts on pregnant women. Infants born with the AIDS virus, orphaned almost from birth. The epidemic has torn apart many families in Swaziland. To halt this vicious circle, MSF has launched a prevention of mother-to-child transmission...
This month we look at our work in Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and Swaziland. Syria An open letter entitled "Lift the Humanitarian Blockade” was published in French newspaper Le Monde in September. It was written by a project coordinator working in Syria and the President of MSF France. While the chemical weapon attack in August did take the horror of the conflict...
Masiza Lukhele is a former miner who was forced into early retirement when he developed mine-related tuberculosis three years ago...He claims he contracted it while working for a gold-mine in Westonania, on Gauteng’s West Rand...Because he was inconsistently taking his treatment, Lukhele developed multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)...Swaziland’s cash-strapped health system was unable to...
For the last  nine months, February 2013, an innovative approach, commonly referred to as PMTCT B+ (prevention of mother-to-child transmission, option B+), rolled out by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Swazi Ministry of Health in the Nhlangano area in the south of the country has started to bring new hope to people in a country where nearly one in four people are living with HIV. So...
People living with MDR-TB and their healthcare providers call for urgent action  Geneva — If measures to tackle multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are not significantly stepped up, including addressing barriers that prevent both research into better drug combinations and treatment scale up, MDR-TB rates will continue to increase worldwide and a historic opportunity to improve abysmal...
 Click here to view a larger infographicFixed-Dose Combinations of antiretroviral drugs  in Southern AfricaFixed-Dose Combinations (FDCs) of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) combine more than one medicine into a single tablet.This simple solution is better for patients, health workers and the health system – yet they are not available in the South African public sector, where they are needed...
      Thembi Ngcamphalala is an ‘expert client’ for MSF in Swaziland’s remote Shiselweni region, sharing her experiences and counselling people who are living with HIV/AIDS. She is a joyful and energetic woman, walking up and down the aisles of the small clinic in the village of Dwaleni. Eagerly she offers to share her story: “In 2001 I...
South Sudan – 200 000 refugees from Sudan Gaza Strip – Specialised surgery penalised by the embargo Malnutrition in the Sahel – A whole new approach required Swaziland – Inappropriate treatment for children Neglected diseases – Solutions to forgotten diseases
South Africa’s Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum warns *NOTE: The Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum [BEMF] is a group of civil society organisations concerned with HIV/AIDS funding in South Africa and the Southern African region. BEMF includes SECTION27, the Treatment Action Campaign, Médecins Sans Frontières South Africa, the Centre for Economic Governance and AIDS...
In a move that could have a profound impact on patients in developing countries, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has announced it won’t be accepting any grant applications this year to support treatment programmes because of a catastrophic drop in donor funding.  MSF international president, Dr Unni Karunakara The Global...
First there were national shortages of HIV medication, then of HIV tests, now Swaziland lacks the lab tests essential for initiating and managing HIV patients on treatment. To make matters worse, the country chose not to apply for the international funding that could have safeguarded antiretroviral (ARV) stocks... According to Aymeric Péguillan, Swaziland head of mission for Mé...
To raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and the challenges in treating the epidemic in southern Africa, MSF hosted the INTERVALO! sporting event in Maputo, Mozambique on 14 September, midway during the 10th All Africa Games. The event brought together 24 athletes, made up of patients living positively with HIV along with MSF staff involved in HIV care from 5 Southern African countries – Malawi...
Mbabane - Last week, the first patients infected with drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) were admitted in a new wing at Nhlangano Health Centre, in the Shiselweni region (southern Swaziland). The facility was constructed by MSF through private donations. The Ministry of Health and MSF teams will be jointly running this new facility. Watch this video: TB Ward in Swaziland  The new...
An acute government funding crisis in Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, is disrupting supplies of HIV/AIDS drugs and hampering the fight against the virus in the country with the world's highest infection rate, Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said on Friday. Stocks of testing kits and related chemicals were "almost dry", making it next-to-impossible to chart the...
Mbabane. The medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is deeply concerned about the implications of the current economic crisis in Swaziland on people living with HIV/AIDS. To pre-empt stock ruptures, which are already affecting patients, MSF has supplied a contingency stock of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that will serve some 18,000...
  Open publication - Free publishing - More aids   "Getting Ahead of the Wave: Lessons for the Next Decade of the AIDS Response" details MSF’s experience implementing treatment strategies to improve care and policies needed to make massive scale-up of treatment more affordable. The report also presents results of a survey conducted by...
Top Donor Countries Oppose Crucial Treatment Target Ahead of UN AIDS Summit   New York, 11 May 2011– A report released today by the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) revealed that several countries hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic are improving HIV treatment to reduce deaths and illness – but a lack of support from...
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