Issues affecting children and young people in Eswatini
The country’s poverty is exacerbated by a three- decade long HIV and AIDS epidemic which has had a profound effect on the country’s social and economic fabric. According to UNAIDS (2018), 210 000 people are infected with HIV, making it the highest recorded HIV prevalence in the world.
There has been an increase in the number of orphans and vulnerable children, and with the growing strain on communities, children are increasingly exposed to neglect, abuse and exploitation.
Despite this, Eswatini still does not have a comprehensive child protection system to address children’s needs holistically..
Repssi Work In Eswatini
Hold workshops on domestication of the SADC Minimum Package of Services and PSS Conceptual framework to sensitize the provincial and district level staff.
Works on Reducing Early and Unintended Pregnancy project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Department of Education, National Institute of Children (INAC) and the municipal administration.
Conducted training for school principals and education officials on assessing the PSS environment in schools.
Works with the Department of Education to mobilise resources to create enabling environments for adolescents to talk about issues that affect them.