NERCHA held World AIDS Day (WAD) commemoration for members of staff at Emfuleni Lifestyle in Ezulwini. The commemoration was attended by most staff members, including those from the regions and was under the theme “Communities make the difference”. The event started with a 2 kilometer walk from the main road towards the venue. Upon arrival, the staff members engaged in a fitness exercise (aerobics) before they settled to listen to presentations.
In his opening remarks, the Director of Finance Mr Dumsani Kunene welcomed all staff members on behalf of management. He said it was an honour for NERCHA to commemorate WAD for the very first time and said management looks forwards to doing this every year, going forward.
The Head of Communication (HOC), Busi Dlamini gave a brief background on the WAC. She explained that the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) was a global initiative that began as a WAD held on 1st December every year, a day to reflect of HIV issues and pledge support to People living with HIV. The WAD soon became the WAC signifying the importance of raising awareness and advocating on issues around the HIV epidemic throughout the year. Ms. Dlamini elaborated that the WAC has become one of the most influential platforms for people worldwide to unite in the fights against HIV to advocate for issues including the availing of ARVs to all who needed and financial resources for the HIV epidemic.
Ms. Dlamini said the theme recognizes that communities have a role in promoting service uptake among the “left-behind populations” targeted for reaching the 2022 goal. She noted that each region this year will have week-long dialogues, targeting specific population groups within a selected Inkhundla. Regional partners will support the dialogues including assisting with the facilitations.
The Director Corporate Services, Ms.Thembi Gama took the staff through the history of NERCHA. The purpose of this activity was to remind staff members about the mandate of the organization.
About three presentations were from Eswatini National AIDS Programme (ENAP). They presented to the staff on PrEP, Self-testing and Voluntary Circumcision.