As a result of the initiatives already undertaken, including planned ones such
as circumcising between 125,000 and 175,000 HIV negative males from 15 to 49
years of age in a 12 month period, the spread of HIV now seems to be levelling
out, although 18,000 new infections are expected yearly; 3% of the population.
treatment programs are being rolled out, HIV remains a stigma and causes family
rejection so many do not tell their partners they are infected and others do not
attempt to find out; passing on the virus in ignorance.
The HIV situation
in Swaziland, however, is inevitably more than facts and figures; its the
implications of those facts and figures. When those of a working age die from
HIV / AIDS or become too sick to work, they generate less income and therefore
less food for their families, leaving them in a poorer condition to cope with
The high death
rate, giving a life expectancy in Swaziland of just 49 years, means that 39% of
the population is now aged under 14yrs, leaving 100,000 children orphans and
with the deaths of skilled professionals, there are serious shortages in the
country's ability to cater for food security, economic growth and the provision
of health and educational services. Many of these children now head up
households without even grandparents to help out as the over 65 yrs population
is just 3% of the country's total.
documentaries explore HIV in Swaziland and its impact there.