Projects in Swaziland
In 2003, Peace Corps returned to Swaziland with the Community Health sector, which aims to support Swaziland’s National Emergency Response Combating HIV/AIDS (NERCHA) and other partners to halt the spread of HIV and provide better treatment and support to people living with HIV. The framework was revised in 2009 and again in 2014 to include initiatives addressing other health challenges. Community Health Volunteers work in sanitation and hygiene, food security and nutrition, prevention of communicable diseases, adoption of healthy behaviors to prevent non-communicable diseases, and a myriad of other areas, depending on the needs of the community.
Global Health Service Partnership
In 2016, the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) program was introduced in Swaziland. GHSP helps address critical shortages of health care professionals globally by sending highly qualified physicians and nurses to work alongside local medical and nursing faculty to build institutional capacity and help strengthen the quality of medical and nursing education. Founded in 2012, GHSP is a collaboration of the Peace Corps, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health. GHSP places volunteer physicians and nurses as faculty for one-year rotations in medical and nursing schools, alongside faculty counterparts, to address the persistent shortage of healthcare professionals. The first group of six volunteer nurse educators work alongside faculty at the University of Swaziland and Southern Africa Nazarene University to support in the improvement of the quality of nursing education in Swaziland.
Youth in Development
Peace Corps Swaziland launched the Youth Development Project in 2011 in coronation with the Ministry of Education and Training to help communities, schools,and organizations address the needs of the growing population of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) in the country. In Swaziland, Youth Development Volunteers work with young people and improve their educational opportunities, gender equality, encourage healthy life choices, prepare them for the world of work, and develop important life skills. By working with the next generation of Swazis, Peace Corps strives to make a significant contribution to the direction of the country as a whole.
President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Peace Corps works collaboratively with communities to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Swaziland. Volunteers are helping to train teachers and community members in life skills aimed at HIV/AIDS prevention, initiating and promoting programs in HIV/AIDS awareness, identifying partnerships and resource alliances, strengthening existing HIV/AIDS intervention strategies and activities, mobilizing communities, and working with in-school and out-of-school youth.
Let Girls Learn
Let Girls Learn is a growing initiative in Peace Corps Swaziland. To date volunteers have provided funding through Let Girls Learn (LGL) grants for various secondary projects including GLOW playgrounds and Teen Moms. LGL grants are empowering young girls through GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) by providing tools that aid in their self-esteem, health and education.