SMME (Pact) Project

After six years of implementation our Sexual Prevention Project targeting Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) concluded in September 2011. The project was funded by The United States Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and US AID through Pact Swaziland.

The project enabled SWABCHA to reach 20 000 plus employees from over 98 businesses with HIV/AIDS and TB Workplace Wellness activities, including Awareness Sessions, Motivational Dialogues and Peer Education Training and Mentoring. Members of the wider community, including employee dependents, were also reached through the project with Family Open Days and World AIDS Day Celebrations.

Letsiwe Seyama, lead Project Officer said facilitating Peer Educating Training was one of the highlights of her work, explaining that the high level of interaction with trainees, allowed for knowledge levels to be fully assessed resulting in the dispersion of HIV myths and misconceptions within the group. The fact that the nature of a Peer Education program allows the information to be further disseminated to family members and fellow employees was also very encouraging Seyama said.

Reach of the project from October 2010 to September 2011, is reported below:

Reach of the project from October 2009 to September 2010, is reported below:

Quarterly reviews and subsequent modifications ensured optimal results were achieved through the project.

Member and non-member companies managed to appreciate the importance of a workplace wellness program and as the project closed, where a number of medium size companies have taken over the costs of their wellness responses. This is affirming as our organisation implements donor funded projects in the hope they will show their worth and as such become self sustainable by a company.