Swaziland is a little country in the South of the African continent. Swaziland is one of the countries in the world where life expectancy at birth is the lowest, because it is also the country with the highest HIV prevalence rate. In addition to this major problem, the population has to face recurrent droughts, penalizing their crops and leading to a high malnutrition level.
ACF is working in Swaziland with nutrition and health programs, in order to support health facilities in the country for a complete HIV and malnutrition treatment.
Build capacity to ensure prevention, detection and treatment of acute malnutrition at national, regional and community level
Support the designing of guidelines to manage acute malnutrition for children and adults
Train Ministry of Health staff and local partners in care practices related to nutrition and HIV
Improve access to care through community mobilisation and sensitization
Swaziland is the last absolute Monarchy in the African continent. The country relies on an agriculture-based agriculture-based economy and on the incomes from the taxes system in the South African region.
Swaziland remains the country with the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world with more than 26% (UNAIDS). Young women are most affected by the virus: almost four out ten patients are women. 130,000 children are orphaned, and 70,000 of them live without the care of another family. It is estimated at 37,000 the number of children receiving these drugs or a treatment slowing the disease.
Corn crops were less and less good years after years. Malnutrition affects one child under five years on four. Droughts are recurrent in this country, where 90% of the population depends on subsistence agriculture.