Amid HIV/TB Epidemic, eSwatini Responds to COVID-19

With almost one-third of adults living with HIV, eSwatini has the highest percentage of people living with HIV in the world. The country is also severely affected by a tuberculosis epidemic and around 70% of all TB patients are co-infected with HIV. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been fighting the dual HIV/TB epidemic in eSwatini since 2007. Dr. Bernhard Kerschberger, MSF Head of Mission in eSwatini, describes the challenges his team faces responding to COVID-19 in a setting with high rates of HIV and TB, and how adapting care for patients is important to reduce the risk of exposure for the most vulnerable people.

Healthcare worker washing his hands at an MSF HIV testing Site in Nhlangano.

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