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23 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • In January 2018, WFP assisted almost 7,000 people through the Food by Prescription programme. Due to funding shortfalls, there are pipeline breaks for some commodities.

  • Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) reached 55,500 beneficiaries in January 2017, which is more than planned as additional children were found to be attending an increased number of NCPs

Operational Updates

HIV and Nutrition:

15 Feb 2018 description

Summary

What is already known about this topic?

In 2016, an estimated 1.5 million adolescent girls and young women were living with HIV infection in Eastern and Southern Africa, where HIV prevalence among adolescent girls and young women is more than twice that of their male peers.

What is added by this report?

01 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • In November 2017, WFP assisted 7,500 people through the Food by Prescription programme. Due to funding shortfalls, there are pipeline breaks for some commodities.

  • Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) resumed in August 2017, reaching 55,500 beneficiaries by the end of November.

26 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Ruled by absolute monarch King Mswati III since 1986, Swaziland continued to repress political dissent and disregard human rights and rule of law in 2017. Political parties remained banned, as they have been since 1973; the independence of the judiciary is severely compromised and repressive laws continued to be used to target critics of the government and the king, despite basic rights guarantees in Swaziland’s 2005 constitution.

18 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

UNICEF through strategic partnerships with the Government and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) achieved most sector targets due to the efficient use of limited resources to achieve more results for children, women and the general population during implementation of the humanitarian response:

  • In 2017, UNICEF and partners reached 71,350 people with safe water in Lubombo and Shiselweni regions, representing over 100 per cent of UNICEF’s 2017 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Emergency Response Plan target.

13 Dec 2017 description

MBABANE - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a donation of rice valued at US$1.8 million from the Government of Japan to support some 52,000 children in Swaziland for a period of one year.

29 Nov 2017 description
report UNAIDS

A delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) visited Swaziland from 14 to 16 November to get insight into the country’s national AIDS response. During the visit, the delegation met the Acting Prime Minister, the Minister of Health and other representatives of the government, civil society, the private sector and development partners. The meetings with the political leadership clearly displayed the commitment to the response from the highest political level, from the King down.

22 Oct 2017 description

20 October 2017-Mbabane: The Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) conducted a sensitisation workshop for technical officers as well as senior officials on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

11 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • As of September, UNICEF and partners reached 64,178 people with safe water on a daily basis in Lubombo and Shiselweni, representing 99 per cent of UNICEF’s 2017 Emergency Response Plan Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) target.

10 Oct 2017 description

SHISELWENI, Swaziland – More than one in five adults in Swaziland are HIV-positive, according to the most recent data, and the rates are highest among women. Despite these dangers, young people – and young women in particular – often lack the information and services they need to keep themselves safe.

Takhona, 17, says that, until recently, she did not know anything about HIV or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

“I believed, before, that having sex, you just enjoy. Nothing can happen. I didn’t know about pregnancy and HIV and STIs,” she said.

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • In August 2017, WFP assisted 8,088 people through the Food by Prescription programme.

  • Due to funding shortfalls, a pipeline break is expected in September 2017 for WFP’s Food by Prescription programme.

  • Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) resumed in August 2017, reaching 28,000 beneficiaries by the end of the month.

  • The 2017 Vulnerability Analysis Assessment has recently been completed, with results showing that many are still recovering from the 2016/2017 drought.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • In July, WFP assisted in total 7,800 beneficiaries through the Food by Prescription programme.
    Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) will resume in August 2017.

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

  • In May, the El Niño-induced drought emergency response was completed. WFP assisted over 230,000 beneficiaries with emergency assistance, of which 142,000 received Cash Based Transfers (CBT).

17 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • 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.