PMC began working in Swaziland in 2002. Swaziland has a population of 1.28 million and at present an annual population growth of 1.2 percent, which unchanged means the population would double in 59 years.
PMC provided a Sabido Workshop for three broadcast programs in Swaziland as well as consulting on a national strategy to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Around the time the national HIV/AIDS strategy began, the Swaziland government had no national communication strategy with regard to the HIV/AIDS crisis. The development of this national media strategy, combined with the training provided for three pre-existing television programs, helped support the development of the National Emergency Response Committee on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA), which was developed by the Swaziland government the following year, in 2003.
1,286,970 (July 2015)
Swaziland has the highest prevalence rate for HIV/AIDS of any country in the world — impacting 26.5 percent of the country’s adult population. Unfortunately, the stigmatization and suffering associated with infection are great. Swaziland has one of the lowest life expectancies of any country in the world, with the average person living to be around 50 years old. The high number of deaths produces large numbers of orphans, leaving approximately 10 percent of households to be run by children and another 30 percent run by grandmothers. It is estimated that 10,000 children in Swaziland become orphans every year.