Swaziland is a small, landlocked African country of 1.2 million people, surrounded by South Africa to the north, west and south and Mozambique to the east. Nearly 70% of the population is dependent in some way upon agriculture for their living. Economic, social and health challenges have combined to bring Swaziland to the edge of crisis. The country has endured a prolonged economic decline for the past ten years, resulting in the virtual collapse of key industries and agricultural sector.
Highest HIV/AIDS Rate In The World
Stark as its economic prospects are, these pale in comparison to the (pandemic) scourge of HIV/AIDS, which has ravaged this tiny kingdom. Swaziland’s HIV/AIDS rate is 43%, the highest in the world. However, private sources believe that the true figure exceeds well over 50%. This epidemic promises untold human misery and suffering for children, families and communities.