Eswatini

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About

The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini’s Vision 2022 is committed to improving the standard of living for all members of the society through access to quality services, wealth creation and employment opportunities. Inclusive of this commitment is addressing poverty, gender equity and quality access to health, especially ending new HIV infections.

Group of volunteers posing with former Chargé D'Affaires during their swearing-in ceremony
Group 19, Swearing-In 2023

To achieve this vision, the Ministry of Health and the National Emergency Response Council for HIV and AIDS (NERCHA) have the responsibility of developing a responsive health system that meets the needs of all people, including those living with and affected by HIV. The focus is on 3 areas:

  • Increasing the number of health-related services and interventions provided across the country;
  • Increasing coverage for these services; and,
  • Reducing the household financial burden incurred at the point of access.

Through funding from U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)Peace Corps Eswatini leverages Volunteer efforts to support the (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe program (DREAMS) which targets 9–24-year-old Adolescent Young Girls & Women (AGYW). This is achieved through an evidence-based, multi-layered approach that includes communities Families, and partner organizations. DREAMS recipients receive primary and secondary services through volunteer support to help them achieve the DREAMs objectives. Priorities include providing life-skills, HIV-AIDS prevention activities, economic empowerment, and linkages and referrals to HIV/AIDs and ART services.

History

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the United States Peace Corps in an effort to promote world peace and offer an opportunity for cultural exchange. Peace Corps arrived in Eswatini in 1969 to focus on building capacity in the education sector. Due to the immense progress in Eswatini's school system, Peace Corps ended their program in 1997. 

In 2003, Peace Corps received an invitation to reopen its program to focus on the increasing HIV epidemic. The Community Health Project aims to promote local leadership and response to the HIV epidemic in collaboration with the Government of Eswatini and international partners.

In 2011, Peace Corps launched a Youth Development program to build the capacity of young people to live healthy and productive lives. With the introduction of the Youth Development framework, volunteers facilitate projects that empower girls, promote literacy, and assist schools in providing additional support for orphans and vulnerable children.

Peace Corps Response

Peace Corps Response Volunteer with a student
Peace Corps Response Volunteer with a tertiary student

Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Peace Corps Response Volunteers are expected to possess the technical skills needed to fulfill their assigned role with minimal training.

The Virtual Service Pilot connects qualified U.S. citizens with host country counterparts to meet partner requests in new ways – from supplementing on-the-ground Volunteer efforts to reaching regions where Volunteers cannot go. Participants collaborate virtually with counterparts to complete project tasks, donating 5-15 hours per week for 3-6 months.