SWABCHA Projects

Migrant Seasonal Employee HIV/AIDS Outreach Project: May 2012 to August 2012Seasonal cane cutting and fruit picking attracts a large number of employees who leave their homes in the rural areas to temporarily locate in the production areas for economic opportunities, making them Internal Migrants.

Seasonal cane cutting and fruit picking attracts a large number of employees who leave their homes in the rural areas to temporarily locate in the production areas for economic opportunities, making them Internal Migrants.

The NSF (2009 - 2014) identifies migration (internal and external) as one of the factors that increase the HIV vulnerability of people. Equally, employees in the industry are known to have stringent working hours, for little income which further deters them accessing healthcare services including testing for HIV/AIDS.

This rapid growth in seasonal population also results in temporary settlements which lack adequate health service infrastructure and are known to be "hot spots" for risky behaviors that increase vulnerability to HIV.

Through the Migrant Seasonal Employee HIV/AIDS Outreach Project we aim to reach this most at risk population combining prevention education, motivation and social behaviour change communication activities with HTC service provision, as to reduce their HIV/AIDS vulnerability.

Employees in the areas of Simunye, Mhlume, Tambankulu and Big Bend will be targeted over a four months during the during their orientation period.

By project completion it is projected:

  • 800 Seasonal Migratory Employees will have increased knowledge on HIV/AIDS, myths and misconceptions, and understand the danger of embarking in Multiple Concurrent Partnerships
  • 800 Seasonal Migratory Employees will have increased access to Mobile Wellness Clinic Services including HIV Testing and Counselling, education on HIV Co-Infections, Palliative and Rehabilitative Services

The project has been made possible through funding from UNAIDS.

Partner in MaXART Program: 2012-2014

SWABCHA is partnering with the Southern Africa HIV & AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) on the implementation of their MaxART: Program (Towards Better Health & Zero New Infections). The MaxART Program envisages that treatment is a form of HIV Prevention, with the project aim being to complement Government efforts to scale up community preparedness for rapid HIV Test and the National Treatment Program.

SWABCHA will collaborate with SAfAIDS through to 2014 to reach communities in the Private Sector with HIV Testing and Counselling Services and HIV/AIDS and ART Education through a Peer Educator Program.

Alice Tembe, SWABCHA Program Director comments "Often the 24-49 year old working group are missed by community service operations, SAfAIDS has recognized this and ensured that their program reaches through to this high risk audience which is very commendable".

Objectives of the SAfAIDS MaxART Project include:

  • Strengthening the capacity of 24 Organisations (representing NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, Networks of PLHIV and/or Private Sector institutions), in the design and delivery of integrated effective prevention, HCT and ART messages and programs for the Swazi community.
  • Strengthening the capacity of 20 000 non health community workers and volunteers to educate and mobilize communities for rapid access to prevention, HCT and treatment services
  • Supporting 100 leaders (political and traditional) to champion HIV prevention, HCT and ART programs, addressing gender, and societal cultural norms at national and community level that are barriers to treatment roll out
  • Through the Ministry of Health, strengthening the capacity lay counselors to be able to deliver integrated effective combination prevention messages and provide HCT at homes and during the community event
  • Strengthening the capacity of the national networks and advocacy groups of PLHIV and support groups to take leadership in advocating for 'Prevention with Positives, HCT and ART programs at national and community levels

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IOM Partnership: 2011-2012

A Partnership between International Organisation for Migration and SWABCHA is seeking to increase the technical capacity of Focal Persons of HIV & Wellness Programs in the private sector to provide sensitive health services.

To this end Private Sector Focal Persons be trained on utilizing IOM's Health Promotion and Service Delivery (HPSD) model. The HPSD model works to strengthen Health Programs through developing technical knowledge, peer-led communication, evidenced based planning, relevant partnerships and active local participation, while taking into account all contextual influences including barriers to social behaviour change.

To follow the training is the integration of the HPSD model through the SWABCHA HIV Workplace Policy Guide and Peer Educator's Training Manual. The resulting manual will focus on a broader spectrum of health issues and will be presented to Peer Educator at IOM sponsored refresher trainings in late 2012.

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Manzini Market Women Health Offensive: October 2011 to January 2012

Supported by Australian Volunteers International through the Community Grants Scheme, with funding from The Planet Wheeler Foundation the four month project targeted health issues including HIV, Diabetes, Heart Disease and TB among the 350 plus women who trade from the Manzini Satellite Bus Rank Market.

Supported by Australian Volunteers International through the Community Grants Scheme, with funding from The Planet Wheeler Foundation the four month project targeted health issues including HIV, Diabetes, Heart Disease and TB among the 350 plus women who trade from the Manzini Satellite Bus Rank MarketThroughout the four month implementation period SWABCHA facilitated HIV/AIDS and TB Awareness Sessions and provided Clinical Services through the provision of a Mobile Wellness Clinic onsite offering HIV Testing and Counseling, Blood Pressure Check, TB Screening and Blood Glucose Level and Cholesterol Level Screening. Over 330 women visited the clinic.

Partners, Ekululameni Rehabilitation and Training Centre (ERTC) added invaluable expertise and resources to the program tackling the issue of depleted vision affecting trade production and quality of life through on-site eye testing and spectacle provision. At conclusion 78 pairs of spectacles and 80 pairs of reading glasses were provided.

The project concluded with a Market Health Day which saw multiple health and Social Issues brought to attention of the traders with ERTC, Family Life Association Swaziland (FLAS), National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), Population Services International (PSI), Swaziland National Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (SWANNEPHA), Swaziland Breast Cancer Network (SBCN) and the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) hosting information stands. The information stands aimed to deliver knowledge, allow a forum for dialogue and questions and link the traders with health service providers.

Reflecting on the project Alice Tembe Programs Director of SWABCHA identified how the on-site clinic and eyesight testing service were extremely well utilized, which she believes confirms that there is a great need to reach the Migrant Informal Sector with Health Information and Services, as it is often beyond their reach either due to time constraints or the cost. Furthermore Ms Tembe goes on to say she hopes traders are now empowered with information which will allow them to make informed choices in regards to their health. Hopefully all of which will ensure the health of the trader and subsequently their trade, families and livelihood.

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Canada Fund Project: 2010

Designed to motivate business women to invest time and resources in addressing HIV/AIDS and gender issues in the workplace, the Canada Fund Project was a first of its kind in Swaziland.

Activities included; A Business Women's awareness and dialogue Forum that reached 43 business women from different companies. In the forum, women registered their concerns driven from personal inhibitions brought about by societal expectations. The women concluded that, for any progress in addressing the social ills, women need to address their internal turmoil before going out to serve the world. This was followed by a Peer Education training of 15 participants and lastly five companies were assisted to develop Workplace policies that guide their wellness programs.

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North Star Alliance Project: 2009

The workplace prevention project supported by North Star Alliance commenced in October 2009 running through to December 2009. The two month prevention project focused on the transport industry, with the target being to provide HIV Testing and Counselling, blood glucose, blood cholesterol and TB screening services to employees and employers within the sector.

The program targeted employers and employees in the transport sector in the industrial town of Matsapha and the Oshoek-Ngwenya Border Post in Swaziland. Project strategies included a mobile wellness clinic, a static clinic in Matsapha and condom demonstration and distribution. During the project it was apparent that the mobile wellness approach yielded a much higher response than that of the nurse counselor stationed at a well established clinic in the Matsapha area.

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