Swaziland: Swazis "Walk the Nation" for HIV/AIDS (June 2008)


For two weeks in March 2008, participants from across the Kingdom of Swaziland walked from the Mozambique border to the South African border in an effort to raise local and international awareness about HIV/AIDS, bring information and services to rural communities, and encourage behavior change.

Over 100,000 residents participated in the grassroots "Walk the Nation" campaign, which was supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

During the campaign, mobile HIV counseling and testing services and educational events were available along the walk route.

At the end of the campaign, the "Walk the Nation Journal," an account of HIV/AIDS in rural Swaziland, was delivered to the government to inform HIV/AIDS policy.


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