World AIDS Day Observed
The World AIDS Day was commemorated in Hope House organized on 26 November 2015. The day’s function began with the lighting of the lamp and reading a passage from the Bible. The Master of ceremonies was Mr. Machawe Ngcamphala from the Caritas Orphanaid Programme.
The Chief Guest of the function, Mrs. Joys Nkambule, the Deputy Director of health in her address to the gathering said, “HIV is no longer a death sentence. The rate of HIV has gone down because patients are now able to access ART and also there is political Will from the Government of Swaziland.” She further stated that the goal of Swaziland is to have an HIV free nation by the year 2022.
Bishop Jose Louis lighted a candle which symbolized Christ and the suffering humanity and spoke about the power of Christ’s light which gives hope to all.
Mrs. Faith Dlamini the Chairperson of the Hope House committee welcomed everyone and Mrs. Lungile Dlamini, the CEO of the town Council delivered a short message. She encouraged the clients to be ever hopeful and remain positive in the face of suffering. Dr. Dube from AIDS Health Foundation, Mr. Sydney Nkambule from NERCHA from Manzini and Mrs. Dudu Mbuli, the Director of Health were the others who addressed the gathering on the occasion.
Students from St. John Bosco Pre-School presented a prayer dance and performed a drama on Zero discrimination, which stressed on the need to love those with HIV Positive and not to stigmatize and discriminate them.