Issues affecting children and young people in Eswatini
The country’s poverty is exacerbated by a three- decade long HIV and AIDS epidemic which has had a profound effect on the country’s social and economic fabric. According to UNAIDS (2018), 210 000 people are infected with HIV, making it the highest recorded HIV prevalence in the world.
There has been an increase in the number of orphans and vulnerable children, and with the growing strain on communities, children are increasingly exposed to neglect, abuse and exploitation.
Despite this, Eswatini still does not have a comprehensive child protection system to address children’s needs holistically.
Repssi Work In Eswatini
Helped roll out an accredited certificate programme in psychosocial support focussing on youth and children.
Collaborates with the Ministry of Education and Training in the delivery of the project to prevent Gender Based Violence (GBV) among in school and out-of-school boys and girls.
Facilitates workshops that bring together government, civil society and faith-based organisations.
Delivers the READY+ programme and supports policy work on Early Childhood Development.