MaxART Phase 1: Scale up in HIV testing and treatment

The first phase (2011-2014) of the MaxART programme focused on addressing barriers to HIV testing, treatment and retention in care. After three years of implementation, Swaziland is on track. The country experienced the highest annual HIV testing rate ever. Ninety percent of the people currently eligible for treatment, are actively on ART, while retention has improved.

Phase 1 in 6 minutes

Key activities during phase 1

In the first phase of MaxART we implemented innovative, evidence-informed, and rights-based interventions. Moreover, community and health systems were integrated, whereby we focused on the following key areas:

Community mobilisation
The communities of Swaziland are mobilised to encourage people to have an HIV test and access care and treatment. Community-based organisations, traditional leaders, and networks of people living with HIV adequately interact with and respond to the needs of the affected communities of Swaziland. Read more

Reaching out to youth and men
The MaxART project reaches out to youth and men, to stimulate the uptake of HIV testing, care, and treatment. MaxART aims to reach all people of Swaziland, and, therefore, implements activities that specifically focus on these hard to reach groups. Read more

Bringing services closer to people
To ensure that people living with HIV live longer and healthier lives, MaxART as part of the Swaziland National AIDS Programme (SNAP) together with other implementing partners brings HIV testing and treatment services closer to the people of Swaziland: such as mobile CD4 count devices. Read more

Realising human rights
The MaxART project is championing human rights in Swaziland, by building rights literacy amongst people living with HIV, encouraging respect of individual rights and promoting referrals and social support to address human rights violations. Read more

Responding to realities and needs on the ground
The MaxART project responds to the realities and needs of people living with HIV, including stigma, discrimination, barriers to access health services, and socio-economic circumstances. The programme pays specific attention to two hard to reach groups: men and youth. Read more

Project results in a nutshell