Swaziland

The Swaziland Ministry of Health has announced the goal to eradicate malaria within country by 2015. Malaria is a health burden in the eastern part of the country with about 28% of the population at risk for the disease. In 1999 malaria became a health focus for the country and rates are now at less than 1 case per 1,000 people at risk.

Traditionally Peace Corps Volunteers in Swaziland have focused mainly on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. There have been a few malaria prevention efforts in the northern Lubombo region, along the Mozambique border, involving bed net distribution and malaria education. As Swaziland continues to get closer to eradication, there is a plan for PCVs to give more support in this effort.

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