Swaziland Homeopathy Project
The goal of the Swaziland Homeopathy Project is to establish permanent free or affordable homeopathic clinics to impoverished communities. The target beneficiaries for 2013 are 3000 women, children and men including those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in Swaziland.
The Swaziland Homeopathy Project (SHP) clinics were started in June 2008 based on the methods used at the ‘Maun Homeopathy Project’ in Botswana where HIV positive patients are given free Homeopathic treatment. Many of these patients are also on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and have shown improved health benefits as a result of the Homeopathic treatment. In Swaziland the homeopathic clinics are not restricted to those who are HIV positive, but are available to everyone. Approximately 50 to 60 percent of the patients attending the clinics are not HIV positive.
The initial impetus for homeopathy in the rural areas came from Tintsaba in response to the need for additional support for the women on this project and their children, particularly those who are HIV positive, regardless of whether they are on ART or not.
Children at Moya Centre
As at January 2012, 2007 people have been treated. Approximately 50% of these patients have returned for follow up appointments and on average between 65 and 70% have shown significant improvement.
Please note that the Swaziland Homeopathy Project is not claiming to cure HIV/AIDS but rather homeopathy is providing support to the Antiretroviral Treatment by mitigating the side effects of the drugs and treating those not yet eligible for ART. ART is not a cure and only available in Swaziland once the CD4 counts drops below 350. There is currently little conventional support for patients who are HIV+ and not yet eligible for ART.