Nhlangano Health Centre staff welcome the Minister of Health and WFP to the equipment handover event. From left: Minister Sibongile Simelane, WFP Country Director Heather Hill, Matron Msibi and her clinical staff. Copyright: WFP/Julia Cocchia


High-Tech Donation Brings Digital Age To Southern Swaziland

Nhlangano – The UN World Food Programme and the Ministry of Health brought the information age to the main health centre of this ruggedly beautiful corner of Swaziland with a donation of state-of-the-art computers and IT equipment in July this year.


The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked and mountainous country, located between the republics of South Africa and Mozambique. It has a population of about one million people located on approximately 17,400 square kilometres of land. Although Swaziland is classified as a lower middle-income country, it currently faces challenges similar to low-income economies. Swaziland ranks 141 out of 186 countries in the 2012 UNDP Human Development Index and 63 percent of Swazis live below the poverty line, surviving on less than US$1.25 per day.

Vulnerability Assessment in Swaziland

Vulnerability Assessment Committee Coordinator Thembumenzi Dube gives a presentation on rainfall levels in Swaziland. It is estimated that 67,000 people require immediate food assistance following another year of inadequate rainfall and agricultural production, according to the WFP-supported Swaziland Annual Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis Report.

Photo: ©WFP/Hilary Wartinger