In 2013, WFP plans to assist more than 167,000 beneficiaries through operations that address health and nutrition, food security, social protection and access to education while building the capacity of the Government of Swaziland to address these issues. To this end, WFP is implementing three development projects.
Food support to orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS
Nationwide, WFP provides food assistance to some 66,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in 1,560 neighbourhood care points (NCPs). The NCP feeding programme is one of the only social safety nets for OVC under the age of five that covers children on a national scale, and is an important component in mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS on children in Swaziland. The project is funded by the National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA), which is the principal recipient of funds from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Swaziland.
Food by Prescription Programme: Nutrition support to malnourished people living with HIV and Tuberculosis (TB)
The goal of the Food by Prescription programme is to improve the quality of life of persons infected and affected by HIV. Malnourished people on treatment for HIV and TB are provided with SuperCereal, a fortified corn soya blend designed to spur nutritional recovery and to aid treatment success and survival rate. The project aims to improve the food security of affected households by providing families of clients with a monthly ration of maize, oil and pulses. In 2013, Food by Prescription will work in 12 government health care centres.
WFP has also built capacity within Government by training health workers to do nutrition assessment, education and counseling, and has worked closely with the Swaziland National Nutrition Council and Ministry of Health to incorporate nutrition data into the national Health Management Information System.
School Meals Programme
WFP provides meals to some 35,000 adolescent students aged 15-19 in secondary schools with the goal of improving access to education. The project is funded by NERCHA through the Global Fund. WFP has designed an additional nutrition component to the school meals programme which will address micronutrient deficiencies among secondary school students and contribute toward breaking the inter-generational cycle of chronic hunger, by adding micronutrient powders to school meals. WFP will operate this component as soon as funding becomes available.
In Swaziland, WFP has provided financial and technical support to the Ministry of Education and Training for school meals for 33 years. This year, the Government has resumed financing of the primary school feeding programme, which it implements with technical support from WFP.
WFP activities are mainly concentrated in the traditionally food-insecure areas of the Low Veld and Lubombo Plateau. WFP’s operations are determined by food security and vulnerability assessments such as those conducted by the Swazi Vulnerability Assessment Committee. WFP has been providing support to vulnerable, food-insecure people in Swaziland since 2002.