What was once a dilapidated government building near Swaziland’s capital of Manzini has been reborn as the new wing of AHF Swaziland’s Lamvelase Clinic, where Swazi residents will have access to cutting edge HIV/AIDS treatment and care inside a stunning new facility.
The new wing relieves the clinic of a heavy burden – where Lamvelase previously served 10,000 patients in a cramped space that offered standing room only, clients can now enjoy an immaculate outdoor courtyard while waiting for appointments in pristine new exam rooms.
Swaziland’s Minister of Housing and Urban Planning and Minister of Health were both in attendance at the March 28th unveiling of the facility, along with AHF Global Board Chair Diana Hoorzuk and 200 other representatives including government staff, the municipal council, development partners, and civil society members.
The larger clinic will allow AHF Swaziland – which operates two clinics that serve nearly 10,000 people – to offer lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART) to even more men, women and children in Swaziland. This will allow AHF to help close the gap of 25 million people living with HIV who have no access to treatment in line with the global campaign 20×20, which is uniting organizations worldwide to provide ART to 20 million people by the year 2020.