NERCHA: Leading the Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Swaziland

"The United Nations' World Food Programme works frequently with NERCHA. It is a professional and dedicated organisation dedicated to fighting the impact of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland."

Abadoulye Balde, Director/Swaziland, World Food Programme



Established as a non-profit organization by Swaziland 's government in 2001, NERCHA is the country's National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS. Its mandate is to coordinate the government's battle against the epidemic. NERCHA's core objectives focus on three areas:

  • prevention
  • impact mitigation, including the care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs)
  • and care and support for those infected

Acting as the conduit for monies received from the U.N. Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, NERCHA works with organisational and community partners across all sectors to ensure that comprehensive services are delivered to the grass-roots level all throughout the nation.

By providing this leadership, NERCHA coordinates, facilitates and motivates the fight against HIV/AIDS all throughout Swaziland. It is a central resource for ideas, initiatives and funds that confront the nation's growing problems caused by this deadly disease.

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“UNICEF Swaziland works closely with NERCHA to support its coordinating roles for the HIV/AIDS response in Swaziland, and to expand national and community efforts to reach orphans and vulnerable children.”

Alan Brody,
UNICEF Representative, Swaziland


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