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17 Aug 2017 description


  • In May, WFP ended the El Niño-induced drought EMOP. WFP assisted in total over 230,000 beneficiaries with emergency assistance, of which 142,000 received Cash Based Transfers (CBT). In May, 56,973 people received CBT.

  • In June, WFP assisted in total 7,932 beneficiaries through the Food by Prescription programme. Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) is planned to resume in August 2017.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded, as a pipeline break, is expected in September 2017.

16 Aug 2017 description

Key Points

  • Households in Hhohho and Lubombo are resorting less to negative coping strategies
  • Households headed by women continue to engage more in negative coping than those headed by men
  • Food consumption improves in Manzini
  • Maize meal prices remain higher than the five-year average
  • Sugar bean prices fall

Situation Update

25 Jul 2017 description
report Columbia University

Key findings from the second Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey, **SHIMS2**, reveal impressive progress in confronting the HIV epidemic in the country. Results show a doubling in population viral load suppression since 2011 and a decrease by nearly half in the rate of new HIV infections. The findings were released today at a press conference held by the Prime Minister’s office in Mbabane, Swaziland and at the International Aids Society (IAS) 2017 Conference in Paris, France.

24 Jul 2017 description

July 24, 2017

Latest survey results show that new HIV infections were nearly halved and HIV viral load suppression has doubled in Swaziland since 2011.

29 Jun 2017 description

By Zanele Zwane

Bongani is the first patient to be cured of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Swaziland using a treatment regimen that includes bedaquiline, one of the only two new tuberculosis (TB) medicines developed in 50 years. As an XDR-TB patient, Bongani was among the first group to receive a treatment that included bedaquiline, in May 2015. In the previous four years, and despite pursuing all options available, other treatments had failed.

28 Jun 2017 description
report Finnish Red Cross

More than 58 000 people suffering from the drought received food thanks to cooperation between the Finnish Red Cross and the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross, financed by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid.

15 Jun 2017 description

BABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has phased out its emergency operation in Swaziland, after helping up to 230,000 people through drought over the past year. The close of the operation – carried out in support of the Government’s national response – coincided with the end of the lean season last month.

14 Jun 2017 description


  • Maize production foreseen to recover in 2017 on account of improved weather conditions

  • Import forecast cuts in 2017/18 marketing year, reflecting expectations of larger maize output

  • Declining prices of maize on account of lower import prices and good production prospects

  • Food security conditions expected to improve in 2017/18

Cereal production forecast to recover in 2017

12 Jun 2017 description


  • In April, WFP conducted the last food distribution of the Emergency Operation (EMOP). A Budget Revision was approved to extend cash based transfer (CBT) activities through May.

  • In April, WFP assisted 213,238 people with emergency assistance, of which 71,090 received food and 142,148 received CBT. In May, 56,973 people received CBT.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded, and pipeline breaks are expected in July 2017.

Operational Updates

06 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • UNICEF has fully rehabilitated 50 of the 69 schools damaged during Tropical Cyclone Dineo. The remaining 19 schools will be operational by June 2017.

  • UNICEF prepositioned WASH supplies worth over US$54,830 with the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to be used by the WASH and Health Sectors as needed for emergency interventions such as floods.

25 Apr 2017 description


  • In March, WFP scaled up the cash based transfer component significantly reaching 114,056 people, while 88,580 are receiving in-kind rations in March/April.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded. While the distribution of household rations resumed in November 2016, pipeline breaks are expected in June 2017.

Operational Updates

Drought and Food Security:

03 Apr 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

SHISELWENI, Swaziland – “We have high youth unemployment and high teenage pregnancy,” Mr. Obed, a traditional leader in Shiselweni, Swaziland, told UNFPA.

Yet many conservative, rural communities have resisted publicly discussing topics that would improve the health and rights of young people – including adolescent pregnancy, gender-based violence and sexually transmitted infections like HIV.

31 Mar 2017 description

Key Points

  • Households are increasingly resorting to negative coping strategies
  • A larger share of households have inadequate food consumption across the country
  • Food retail prices are generally stable, with sugar beans cheaper than in February
  • Traders continue to report that poor roads are limiting their businesses

Situation Update

24 Mar 2017 description


  • WFP assisted 153,000 drought affected people with emergency food rations (123,000 people) and Cash-Based Transfers (CBT) (30,000 people). WFP will scale up assistance to reach up to 233,000 people in March.

  • The Ministry of Agriculture has reported the presence of fall armyworm in the country, however the extent of impact is not yet known. A pre-harvest assessment is ongoing in March.

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • On 31 January 2017, UNICEF launched the Southern Africa El Niño/La Niña Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal. The HAC requirement for Swaziland is US$2.74 million in 2017, which is currently 32 per cent funded.

15 Mar 2017 description

Key points:

  • Basic food prices remain high at the peak of the lean season

  • Beans, sugar, salt and vegetable oil are more expensive than last year

  • About 30 percent of traders in Hhohho and Shiselweni report difficult road conditions

Seasonal Outlook

11 Mar 2017 description


  • Maize production forecast to recover in 2017 on account of improved weather conditions

  • Imports of maize forecast to expand in 2016/17 marketing year in response to 2016 drought-reduced harvest

  • Prices of maize meal stable but at high levels

  • Food security conditions expected to improve in 2017/18, following deterioration in 2016

Maize production in 2017 expected to rebound due to conducive weather conditions

28 Feb 2017 description

Key Points

  • Over 85 percent households in Shiselweni and Lubombo are engaging in negative coping
  • Households headed by women more vulnerable: their coping levels are higher than those of households headed by men
  • Over half the respondent households are engaging in livelihood coping strategies
  • Prices have risen slightly for wheat flour, rice and beans
  • Poor road infrastructure, access to credit and electricity are some of the challenges faced by traders

Situation Update

27 Feb 2017 description

"I was receiving injections every day. The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team would visit every now and then to make sure I was getting my injections. The doctor says the injections are why I became deaf," says Winile, a TB patient who lost her hearing in 2013.

Winile has been a patient at MSF's clinic in Matsapha since it opened in 2011, when she enrolled for HIV care. Swaziland has one of the highest rates of TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, and 80 per cent of people in the country who contract TB are HIV positive.