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Swaziland: AHF Partners in New Free AIDS Treatment Clinic in Manzini
Date:9/24/2007

nce of HIV and TB co- infection, with 80% of people with TB also co-infected with HIV. Swaziland's epidemic has been fueled in part by poverty, unemployment, a large and mobile migrant population, conservative religious and traditional beliefs against condom use and frequent multiple sexual partners. It is estimated that 30,000 individuals may be in immediate need of treatment and, as of September 2006, only 15,000 people were on ART.

The government of Swaziland has demonstrated a high level of political commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Swaziland National AIDS Program was established in 1987. In 1999, the King of Swaziland declared HIV/AIDS a national disaster and established an HIV/AIDS Cabinet Committee to coordinate the country's response to its epidemic.

Given the enormous need for the delivery of lifesaving ART throughout Swaziland, it is expected that the AIDS treatment clinic at LaMvelase Help Centre in Manzini will scale up the number of patients on HIV/AIDS treatment and care very quickly.

About FLAS

The Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS), a not-for-profit making Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), is the largest and leading organization in the provision of innovative sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. It plays a complementary role to the activities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW). It also advocates for the reproductive health rights of all people in the reproductive age.

About AHF

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the US' largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare, research, prevention and education provider. In California, AHF operates the largest non-government HIV testing program, which conducts more than 15,000 HIV tests annually. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 61,000 individuals in 15 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and Asia. Additional information is available at

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