Overview of health
challenges

Health in Eswatini is poor, and it seems the landlocked kingdom won’t achieve the United Nations sustainable development goal on health. As a result of 63% poverty prevalence, 27% HIV prevalence, and poor healthcare systems, maternal mortality rate is a high 389/100,000 live births, and the under-five mortality rate is 70.4/1,000 live births. Life expectancy in Eswatini remains among the lowest in the world.

Despite tuberculosis and AIDS being major causes of death, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases are on the rise. Primary healthcare is relatively free in Eswatini, but its poor quality does not meet the needs of the people. Road traffic accidents have increased over the years and form a significant share of deaths in the country.

African map showing eSwatini

History

Rotary Family Health Days was held in Swaziland (now Eswatini) in 2014 and is set to return in 2022. The program enjoyed great support from the Health Ministry and Rotary Club members.

African map showing eSwatini

Rotary Family
Health Days Sites

In 2014, Rotary Family Health Days was held in partnership with the Ministry of Health and private partners. 

Click on the site below to see highlights from the Health Day that was held in Eswatini.

Rotary volunteers in 2014"/>

The Minister of Health, accompanied by a delegation, visited the event and witnessed the first person to receive vision screening at the site. Another delegation accompanied the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Home Affairs as they visited each of the three sites.

Impact

Rotary Family Health Days pilot was held at three sites and almost 1,000 people were able to access healthcare services.

volunteers at a RFHD site
volunteers at a RFHD site

The Minister of Health, accompanied by a delegation, visited the event and witnessed the first person to receive vision screening at the site. Another delegation accompanied the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Home Affairs as they visited each of the three sites.

Rotary Club of Mbabane

The program was held in the Ntfonjeni, Hhelehhele and Evusweni communities. Most of the people who accessed the vital preventative healthcare services and screenings on offer were woman and children. 

Rotary Club of Mbabane
Rotary Club of Mbabane

Testimonials

There was inner satisfaction in reaching out to the unreachable, for both Rotarians and the health team. It was a happy event and we Rotarians felt that, yes, we have reached out and changed lives. We have indeed provided peace through our services

- Martin Forsyth-Thompson - District 9400 Governor: 2012/13

Country Report

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Minister of Health visits the site

Rotary Family Health Days report

Click on the site locations on the map above to see a detailed overview of the health services provided and number of people reached. As a result of movement and gathering restrictions necessitated by the covid 19 pandemic, our 2020 campaign was unable to take place.

SPONSORS/PARTNERS

Partners that supported this program included:

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