IOM Regional Director delivering his speech during the KNB Launch held at Lomahasha

The SRHR-HIV Knows No Borders! (KNB) is a regional initiative implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Save the Children. The project aims at improving quality of life and HIV-SRH outcomes among vulnerable youth, migrants and sex workers in Southern Africa.

The programme is implemented in six countries of Southern African region namely, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia. The first phase of the KNB programme commenced in October 2016 and ended on 31st December 2020 in the Northern part of the Hhohho region.

Based on the final project evaluation in 2019, the programme was deemed relevant to addressing the SRHR and HIV needs and rights of migrants, young people and sex workers and individuals in migration-affected communities, i.e. Lavumisa-Golela, Lomahasha-Namaacha, Mhlumeni- Goba and Mananga-Mananga border posts.

This regional programme is supported by the Netherlands Government. The second phase intends to increase the effectiveness of development aid in responding to the SRHR and HIV challenges within the migration context and builds on existing efforts by IOM, SCI and its partners in previous years.

The programme will have an emphasis on an enabling policy environment, migrant and young people participation and empowerment, demand and access to SRH-HIV services, knowledge generation and learning as well as tackling the structural drivers of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and poor SRHR and HIV outcomes among the migrants, sex workers and young people in migration-effected communities.