Empowering the ones who care

As with the previous projects
HIV/AIDS - poverty - HIV/AIDS: a vicious circle,
A consequence of HIV/AIDS: children lead households and
Dignity and Resilience for the Sick, the project's main goal is to provide holistic health and social services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Membatsise Homebased Care and 21 health volunteers help patients take their medications properly, eat a healthy diet, and thus avoid admission to a long-term care facility. To ensure the best possible quality of care services, CBHVs receive ongoing training and are also empowered to strengthen their own health (psychosocial support) and economic resilience (training in microenterprise management).
In this phase of the project, in addition to strengthening CBHVs who care for sick people at home, two other components are added: when CBHVs find children with HIV/AIDS or those who are particularly vulnerable due to HIV/AIDS in the family during their home visits, they integrate them into their programs for children, adolescents, and young women. By training children, adolescents, and young women in gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and children's rights, Membatsise aims to contribute to prevention and recruit the young women as Membatsise volunteers to share their knowledge in the communities. A third component concerns Membatsise's organizational development: The organization has been searching for some time for a successor to the director (who is looking to retire). They want to strengthen the cohesion of the organization, including the board, as they move toward a new director and prepare the organization for a change in leadership.

Project site

Hhohho und Manzini Distrikt (Map)


Women: 264 direct, 925 indirect beneficiaries
Men: 20 direct, 62 indirect beneficiaries
Children under 16: 180 direct, 916 indirect beneficiaries

Project costs and assistance by sahee

The entire project costs are CHF 80’000.–. The project is fully financed by sahee.

sahee is in regular contact with the project leaders, reviews the activities and visits the project once a year on site.

Duration of assistance

1st of April 2022 to 31st of March 2025

Local counterpart

Membatsise Homebased Care

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Project overview

In addition to professional training in the field of health, the volunteers are trained in the cultivation of gardens...


...and raising chicken.