In Swaziland, one in four adults are living with HIV. The country has the highest HIV prevalence in the world at 27 percent.
Compassionate Swaziland provides comprehensive care and support to HIV/AIDS-affected children and young people.
This includes providing sexual and reproductive health rights education and preventing gender-based violence, regarded as a regular cause of new HIV infections and a barrier to accessing services and support.
"This award will help us continue to make the lives of the children we serve better and will contribute to making our organisation stronger and more able to assist the most vulnerable children." – Siphiwe Mabuyakhulu, Director
Children from the age of eight to adolescents of 17 are neglected by the healthcare system in Swaziland as they are not applicable for paediatric or adult systems of care. The services in place to detect, treat and prevent HIV/AIDS infection do not exist for those outside these age parameters.
Compassionate Swaziland’s services include psychosocial support, youth empowerment activities, enterprise and livelihood programs, and access to medical care.