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Nosipho Gwebu Storer

country director

Siddarth Nagaraj

program specialist

For more than a decade, Pact has been working to help turn the tide against HIV and AIDS in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), where the epidemic has taken an especially heavy toll.

Steadily, this tiny African kingdom is making progress. Pact’s efforts in Eswatini are among interventions that have contributed to a dramatic reduction in new HIV infections here.

Since 2005, Pact’s capacity development experts have been working to strengthen local nonprofits and government agencies working to help people affected by HIV and AIDS and stop the disease’s spread. By improving these organizations’ governance, administration, financial management, resource development, program implementation, and monitoring and evaluation processes, Pact has helped ensure a robust indigenous response to the epidemic.

Today, Pact is supporting the government in accelerating Eswatini’s progress toward the 95-95-95 targets and sustainable HIV epidemic control by preventing new infections and reducing the vulnerability of two key groups, orphans and vulnerable children and adolescent girls and young women. 

After years of work, new HIV infections are falling in Eswatini, and attitudes about HIV testing, treatment and prevention are changing.

Stories and Highlights

Leveraging data, Pact fights Covid-19, boosts vaccination in Eswatini

February 23, 2023
When the Covid-19 pandemic began, sources of accurate information were scarce. That was the case in Eswatini, where Pact-supported community case workers were already working with thousands of...

Birth registrations are a vital tool for stopping HIV in Eswatini

December 13, 2022
When Vuyo Dlamini was born, his father was not in the picture. It was just one of the roadblocks that prevented his mother from registering him for a birth certificate. She also couldn’t afford the...

In Eswatini, here’s how we’re reaching more than 6,000 children with HIV treatment

July 12, 2022
Eswatini has a population of slightly more than a million people yet has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. That's why it is even more impressive that Eswatini was one of only two...

Community engagement as key to Covid-19 vaccine uptake: Lessons from Eswatini

May 9, 2022
To increase the uptake of Covid-19 vaccination in Eswatini, the MOH and its partners have sought to understand community-level factors that influence vaccine acceptance. As a contribution to this...

To empower clients in improving their own health services, Pact turns to community-led monitoring

April 20, 2022
Last year, Pact’s health programming reached nearly 2 million people. From Africa to Asia, we supported communities as they accessed better maternal and child health care, improved and expanded the...

Defeating viruses through trust and compassion: Chronicles from Eswatini

April 12, 2022
This episode of the Global Development Primer podcast features Nosipho Storer, Pact's country director in Eswatini.
The Health Alert App is now being promoted across Eswatini to combat misinformation about Covid-19 and vaccines.

In Eswatini, Pact launches app to fight Covid misinformation, vaccine hesitancy

August 30, 2021
Pact has a long history of helping communities in Eswatini overcome health challenges. For years, we’ve worked to reduce HIV infections, most recently through the USAID-funded Insika ya Kusasa...

Q&A: Celebrating Africa Day with Pact leaders across the continent

May 24, 2021
On May 25, 1963, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was founded as the precursor to the African Union (AU). Each year, Africa Day commemorates the OAU’s...

With radios, Pact and USAID help Swazi students stay on track during Covid-19

April 13, 2021
When the Covid-19 pandemic began, schools were among the first things that the government of Eswatini decided to close to stem the virus’s spread.  Like so many students, Sizolwakhe Mahlalela’s...
A Covid-19 hand-washing station in Ethiopia. (Credit: Pact)

This World Health Day, key insights from Covid-19 to build a fairer, healthier world

April 7, 2021
Everyone has a right to be healthy. This is at the heart of the global push for universal health care. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shown that there are still deep disparities in health risks...