- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2007
- Swaziland: Fires - Aug 2007
- Swaziland: Heavy Hail Storm - Feb 2007
- Swaziland: Storm - Aug 2006
- Swaziland: Storm Damage - Jan 2005
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2000
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
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
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.
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.
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.
Drought and Food Security:
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.
- 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
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.
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.