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 Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the consequences of the government's decision not to seek international support for HIV treatment were predictable... Read full article.