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Where We Work / Swaziland

The health sector in Swaziland suffers from the impacts of a high prevalence of HIV (estimated at almost 40 percent of the adult population) and a dwindling workforce. Public health facilities experience staff shortages, poor compensation and low productivity of workers. Some health professionals move away from the public sector or migrate regionally or internationally in pursuit of more favorable opportunities; others abandon their profession altogether.

The Capacity Project worked closely with the senior leadership of Swaziland’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) to develop and implement a cohesive program of technical assistance in several areas. Project activities were designed to build human capacity to implement quality HIV/AIDS programs through improving workforce planning and policy, developing a better educated and trained workforce and strengthening human resources management and information systems to support and sustain health worker performance.

The Project team strengthened the country’s human resources for health policy and systems, supported a leadership and team-building retreat for senior management and nursing staff and developed an action plan for improving organizational performance. Partnering with Africa Palliative Care Association, the team conducted an assessment of the presence, use, availability, remuneration and skill levels of volunteers and community caregivers. Strengthening Swaziland's human resources information systems was another key activity.

Capacity Project activities in Swaziland are continuing through the Southern Africa Human Capacity Development Coalition, a Capacity Project Associate Award led by IntraHealth International.

Swaziland was also involved in another aspect of the Capacity Project: see Technical Assistance to GFATM Grants.

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