Swaziland – 18 Oct 2014

Hunger Increases in Swaziland
More than three in ten people in Swaziland are undernourished, a new report reveals.
And, unlike many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa where hunger has been decreasing, Swaziland is an exception, the Global Hunger Index reveals.
Swaziland suffered the biggest increase in a Global Hunger Index score among any African country between 1990 and 2014. allAfrica.com

Ministry of health receives E900 000 cars from UNICEF
IN response to the diarrhea outbreak that hit the country in the months of July and August, UNICEF has donated two cars to the ministry of health – Extended Immunisation Programme (EPI) valued at E900 000 as well as ORS equipment valued at E220 000.
The donation was presented by UNICEF Country Representative Rachel Odede during a brief meeting at the Royal Swazi Convention Centre on Friday. This was soon after the official closing of a two-day National Health Research Conference at the same venue. In her address, Odede congratulated the ministry for the successful hosting of the conference, saying in doing so, UNICEF was handing out a gift of the two cars to the children of Swaziland. She said the cars would help the EPI programme in monitoring and administering immunisation on children around the country. “In July and August the country was hit by a diarrhea outbreak and it is important that we continue working hard towards ensuring that such an eruption doesn’t happen again,” said the UNICEF representative. Receiving the donation, Minister of Health Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane welcomed with gratitude the organisation’s gesture. She explained that the country had nine new clinics built which will be operational by January 2015. She said the donated 70 ORS equipment which include tables, buckets, cups and spoons would revive ORS corner in facilities where people will access the oral rehydration solution in order to curb diarrhea. Swaziland Observer.

The blame game between government and organised labour, over what caused the kingdom to be excluded from enjoying duty-free access to the American textile and apparel industry under the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), is not helpful.
Government, through Labour and Social Security Minister Winnie Magagula, is on record countless times blaming the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) for being responsible for the kingdom’s loss of AGOA benefits. This position, of course, presupposes that TUCOSWA is so powerful that they were able to prevail over some American institutions, including President Barack Obama, to get the kingdom to be readmitted to AGOA. Times of Swaziland