World AIDS Day (1 December)

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. 

The 2017 World AIDS Day themed, #HIVtohealth was commemorated at Singwe in the Shiselweni region and was attended by His Excellency, the Deputy Prime Minister, Senator Paul Dlamini who was representating His Excellency the Right Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini; Minister of Health, Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane; UN Resident Coordinator, Israel Dessalegne, United States of America Ambassador to Swaziland, Lisa Peterson.

Almost all of the Sustainable Development Goals are linked to health. Without their right to health, people cannot effectively prevent HIV or gain access to treatment and care. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending AIDS as a public health threat, will depend heavily on ensuring the right to health for all. Only by placing rights at the centre of global health can quality health care be available and accessible for everyone, leaving no one behind.

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His Excellency, the Deputy Prime Minister, Senator Paul Dlamini who was representating the Prime Minister launching the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map. UN Swaziland©2017
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His Excellency, the Deputy Prime Minister, Senator Paul Dlamini lighting a candle with the help of the Minister of Health, Hon. Sibongile Ndela-Simelane. UN Swaziland©2017
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His Excellency, the Deputy Prime Minister, Senator Paul Dlamini handing over the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map to the Government representative, Mbuso Dlamini. UN Swaziland©2017
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Lubombo Regional Administrator, Sylvia Mthethwa, representative of the Shiselweni Regional Administrator, receiving the HIV Prevention Road Map. UN Swaziland©2017
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US Ambassador, Lisa Peterson, receiving the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map from the Deputy Prime Minister. UN Swaziland©2017
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UN Resident Coordinator, Israel Dessalegne, receiving the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map on behalf of the UN family. UN Swaziland©2017
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His Excellency, the Deputy Prime Minister, Senator Paul Dlamini and dignitaries following the proceedings. UN Swaziland©2017
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Dignitaries posing for a picture during the World AIDS Day commemoration. UN Swaziland©2017
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His Excellency, the Deputy Prime Minister making stall visitations to learn about HIV services offered through health institutions and NGOs. UN Swaziland©2017