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  • Swaziland has the dubious distinction of having the highest HIV prevalence in the world.
  • For more details see the UNAIDS website and in particular their country page - UNAIDS SWD
  •  I have been trying to understand why this is the case and have, with colleagues written two reports on this. These can be accessed on our website and the most recent one is at - 2007 Report
  • The response to the epidemic in Swaziland is being led by the National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS and they have an excellent website. NERCHA SWD
  • There is no doubt in my mind that the epidemic is one of the most serious challenges faced by Swaziland and it is having an impact in the education sector. However I believe the country is facing the challenge and I am cautiously optimistic, but Swazi society will be transformed.

Prof Alan Whiteside

Director and Professor, Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research
Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal


  • Alan Whiteside was born in Kenya but grew up in Swaziland.He attended St Marks Primary School between 1961 and 1968.
  • In 1980 he obtained an MA in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia and in 2003 a D.Econ from the University of Natal.
  • In 1998 he established the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at KwaZulu-Natal University where he is now Professor of Health Economics and the Director of this Division.
  • For 15 years (1983-98) he worked as Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow for the Economic Research Unit, University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal). Prior to that he worked as an Economist for the Overseas Development Institute in the Ministry of Finance and Development in Gaborone, Botswana.

More can be found about Alan at :-



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