Op-Ed by Ambassador Lisa J Peterson: Constitution Matters

  Embassy of the United States of America Public Diplomacy Office October 23, 2018 Op-Ed by Ambassador Lisa J Peterson Constitution Matters I am disappointed, disheartened, and disturbed that parliamentary appointments made by the Palace disregard explicit provisions of the country’s constitution.  The terms are quite simple:  among the members of the House of Assembly appointed by ...
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DEMONSTRATION ALERT – U.S. Embassy, Ezulwini, Eswatini

Location:  Area surrounding U.S. Embassy, Ezulwini Event:  The U.S. Embassy has been notified by the Swaziland National Teachers Association of a gathering of several hundred teachers near the U.S. Embassy today, beginning this morning, Thursday, January 27 at approximately 1000 hours.  Embassy staff has been directed to remain in the building.  U.S. citizens are urged ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy in Eswatini (September 14, 2018)

Locations:  Mbabane and Manzini Event:  Employees of the U.S. Embassy in Eswatini have been advised to exercise extra caution September 17-21, 2018, in anticipation of strikes and demonstrations in advance of elections scheduled for September 21.  Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of any strikes or demonstrations, most likely to occur in Mbabane and Manzini. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Commemorating the 242nd U.S. Independence Day

Prince Hlangusemphi, Representative of His Majesty the King; Emakhosikati, Your Royal Highnesses; Honorable Chiefs; Royal Councilors; Honorable Ministers; Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Honorable Members of Parliament; Honorable Members of the Judiciary; Members of the Media; Distinguished Guests; Friends; Lishonile and welcome to all. 1968 was a momentous year.  In the U.S., the Civil ...
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Press Release: WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Namibia

WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Namibia Began June 17 The fourth WiSci (Women in Science) Girls STEAM Camp is taking place in Namibia, June 17-29, 2018.  WiSci is a public-private partnership designed to impart skills to and create opportunities for high school girls in science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics (STEAM). The 2018 ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Mbabane, Eswatini (June 15, 2018)

Location: Mbabane, Eswatini Event: We are in contact with the Royal Eswatini Police Service regarding recent reports of attempted kidnappings involving children. US citizens should rely only on reliable sources of information‎ and view with a degree of skepticism unsubstantiated or inflammatory reporting. We will continue to monitor these events. Actions to Take: Review your ...
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Press Release: Innovative Tool to Assist Community Leaders Make Informed Decisions for an Improved HIV Response

Innovative Tool to Assist Community Leaders Make Informed Decisions for an Improved HIV Response Manzini – At a meeting organized by the Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development, the Honorable Mduduzi Dlamini, introduced the innovative Community Data for Action Platform or CDAP. The National Executive Director of NERCHA, Mr. Khanya Mabuza introduced the background and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Commissioning of Borehole Project at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre

Her Royal Highness, the Inkhosikati, Honorable Minister of Education and Training Honorable Member of Parliament, The Regional Education Officer and staff members, The Constituency Council, Teachers, The School Committee, Parents and students, Siyanivusela Bekunene! I am pleased to join you today for the handover ceremony of the borehole project at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre. This ...
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Ambassador Peterson launches a borehole water system worth E68,000 at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre

Last week, Ambassador Peterson officially launched a borehole water system worth E68,000 at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre, which also benefits students and teachers of Esitjeni Primary School. The project has been funded through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program, which is specifically designed by the U.S. government to assist community groups in developing projects that will ...
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Ambassador Peterson launches Spelling Bee Competition

Do you know English is a passing subject in the Kingdom of Eswatini? Ambassador Peterson visited the Ministry of Education and Training to launch this year’s Spelling Bee Competition, which is aimed at improving the overall performance of learners. The Embassy, in partnership with Mobi Mart Media and Macmillian Education, is sponsoring communication, study materials, ...
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Embassy welcomes the directors, film crew, and stars of the award-winning American-directed, Swazi-based film LIYANA

Liyana the Movie is finally here! Last month, we welcomed the directors, film crew, and stars of the award-winning American-directed, Swazi-based film LIYANA, for a reception and screening at MovieZone. The film follows a Swazi girl, Liyana, who embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born ...
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Ambassador Peterson officially opened the new maternity wing at St Theresa Clinic

St Theresa’s Clinic now has a maternity, laboratory and theatre wing thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Defense. Last month, Ambassador Peterson officially opened the new maternity wing of the clinic that will benefit the Manzini community. She said the new and improved features of the clinic were the result of the sustained ...
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The U.S. Embassy took its Jazz Appreciation Month event to Vuvulane

Do you know jazz and other artistic forms can be a vehicle for freedom of expression and social change? The U.S. Embassy took its Jazz Appreciation Month event to Vuvulane, where local artists – Mandisa, TribeNew, Black Rhino,  Qibho  and  Floewe  – performed for the audience and engaged them on how to use music and arts as ...
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Ambassador Peterson hosts a cocktail reception to honor administrative professionals

Each year, we celebrate Administrative Professionals Day to recognize the valuable contributions of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. Ambassador Lisa Peterson hosted a cocktail reception to honor administrative professionals from government and private sector for their work in running day-to-day operations in their organizations. Invited guests included U.S. Embassy contacts that ...
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President and Chief Executive Officer of the Black AIDS Institute visits Eswatini

Thanks to The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), last month the Embassy hosted Mr Phill Wilson who is President and Chief Executive Officer of the  Black AIDS Institute . The Institute is a training and mobilization center focused exclusively on black people to stop the AIDS pandemic in black communities. Mr Wilson met with Wellness Coordinators from ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Black Girls Global Exchange – Happy Valley Hotel

Sanibonani and welcome! It is an incredible feeling to share the stage with so many smart, young women who are changing the world. This type of intercultural exchange – between the U.S., Swaziland, and South Africa – really underscores one of our main priorities for the U.S. Embassy in Swaziland. As diplomats, we are always ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: World TB Day Commemoration – Ebuhleni

Honorable Minister of Health, His Royal Highness, Prince Tshekedi, Regional Administrator for Hhohho, Program Director, WHO Representative, Members of UN Agencies, Representatives from the NGO community, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen Siyanivusela Bekunene – World TB Day is an opportunity to recognize our achievements in tuberculosis prevention and control, and renew our commitment to eliminating ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: WomEng Launchpad Event – St. Michael’s Girls High School, Manzini

Representatives from St. Michael’s Girls High School, WomEng team members, Future engineers, Good morning! What a joy to see so many motivated, intelligent, and inspired young women – you all deserve a big round of applause! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s program, complete with presentations, Q&A, and a fun hard hat activity. Judging by your ...
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ARS Maureen Rabotin visits Swaziland

Thanks to Africa Regional Services (ARS Paris). Early February we hosted Maureen Rabotin, a Gallup StrengthsFinder certified Global Executive Coach, Instructor at Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies), TedX Speaker and author of: Culture Savvy – Working and Collaborating Across the Globe. Maureen conducted workshops across the country on leadership and advocacy, which included ...
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Remarks by DCM Michael Lombardo: Handover of CDC-MoH Cooperative Agreement Vehicles – Hluthi Clinic

Honorable Minister of Health; Representatives from the Ministry of Health; All Protocols observed – Sanibonani. It is a pleasure to join you for this handover ceremony of CDC-Ministry of Health Cooperative Agreement vehicles. In the broader sense, they symbolize where Swaziland is headed on the road to stronger health service delivery and epidemic control. These ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson (Delivered by PAO Joia Starks): WLSA Revolutionary Women’s March and Dialogue – Bosco Skills Center Hall, Ma

Program Director, Manzini Regional Administrator, Members of Parliament, Senator Lungile Gama, WLSA National Director, Gender Director, Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, Lutsango LwakaNgwane, CANGO Representatives, Ambassador to the European Union, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Lishonile and welcome to all! It is an incredible honor and a privilege to be here today alongside so many revolutionary ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: SADC Charter on Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology – National Archives, Lobamba

Honorable Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology; SADC Secretariat; Representatives from the DPM Office; Member States; Ladies and Gentlemen, Sanibonani! I am honored to join you today as SADC member states work together to engage and promote more women in science, engineering, and technology. This issue remains at the top of our priorities as the ...
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Remarks for Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Joshua Mzizi Memorial Lecture – Human Rights Day Commemoration

Secretariat for the Human Rights Commission; Executive Director, CANGO; Representatives from the Church Forum on HIV & AIDS, the Council of Churches, and the Conference of Churches; Diplomatic Corps; Business leaders; Members of the press; Ladies and gentlemen, Siyanivusela Bekunene. I am honored to join you as the key note speaker in celebration of Human ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Handover of CDC Lab Sample Transport Vehicles – National Blood Transfusion Service

Representatives from the Ministry of Health; ICAP Representatives; All Protocols observed – Sanibonani. Following many successful World AIDS Day tributes, it is a pleasure to join you for this handover ceremony of lab sample transport vehicles. In the broader sense, they symbolize where Swaziland is headed on the road to stronger health service delivery and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: GLOW/BRO March against HIV & AIDS – Millennium Park, Manzini

Honorable Minister of Housing and Urban Development; Peace Corps Country Director; Representatives from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation; GLOW and BRO Counselors and club members; Ladies and gentlemen, Sanibonani – I’m so pleased to join you, once again, for this march against HIV and AIDS to commemorate those who have lost their battles to the virus. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: World AIDS Day National Commemoration – Sigwe Inkhundla, Shiselweni

Your Excellency, the Right Honorable Prime Minister; Honorable Minister of Health; Shiselweni Regional Administrator; UN Resident Coordinator; Head of Mission for MSF; NERCHA Council Chairperson and representatives, Chiefs, Members of the Sigwe Inkhundla, Ladies, gentlemen, and distinguished guests, Siyanivusela Bekunene! During my remarks at the 2016 World AIDS Day Commemoration, I mentioned that, in the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson – USAID Handover of Computer Equipment to Chiefdoms

Honorable Minister of Tinkhundla; Your Royal Highnesses; Chiefs; NERCHA Representatives; Senior Representative from the Ministry of Health; Senior Officers of Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland; Program Director; Ladies and gentlemen – Siyanivusela Bekunene. Over the past nine months, the U.S. government, through HC3, has helped to pilot a performance-based support program for select Chiefdoms ...
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U-Tech School are 2017 National Robotics Competition champions

Congratulations to U-Tech School for winning the 2017 National Robotics Competition!! The competition, organized by the STEM Education Foundation Swaziland and co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, has introduced more than 400 young people from 48 schools across the country to real-world engineering challenges by designing, building and programming an autonomous robot to complete tasks. The ...
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WomEng, a South Africa-based NGO help Swazi women engineers to start up a local chapter

Swazi women engineers are breaking the mold and shattering stereotypes about women’s leadership in a male-dominated field. Last Friday and Saturday, the Embassy welcomed back the team from WomEng, a South Africa-based NGO, to help women engineers start up a local chapter. Across the world, women are underrepresented in the STEM fields and these amazing ...
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Qiniso Motsa has been elected to the Mandela Washington Fellowship Southern Africa Regional Advisory Board 2017/2018

Our very own YALI Alumnus Qiniso “Qibho Intalektual” Motsa has been elected to the Mandela Washington Fellowship Southern Africa Regional Advisory Board 2017/2018. The Board serves as a link between the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and Fellows in getting feedback from the country’s alumni networks and sharing inputs from those individuals during board ...
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Ambassador Lisa Peterson hands over new computer equipment to ten chiefdoms

Thanks to their outstanding work on planning HIV responses, ten chiefdoms received computers from USAID to better track and monitor their HIV prevention programs. In fact, they exceeded expected results! Ambassador Peterson applauded the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland for its unwavering commitment to halt the AIDS epidemic in Swaziland, and especially for the ...
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Ambassador Peterson trades her heels for sneakers to commission a new recreational facility in Kaphunga

From the looks of it, Kaphunga community is  #winning  at sports and life! Ambassador Peterson traded her heels for sneakers to commission a new recreational facility in Kaphunga that includes courts for volleyball, netball, and table tennis. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) led this project, thanks to funding from the Special Self-Help Program. Ambassador ...
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Ambassador Peterson officially launches the Arts in Embassies collection of works

Swaziland certainly has no shortage of talent when it comes to artists! Last Friday, Ambassador Peterson opened her home to officially launch the Arts in Embassies collection of works created by renowned and emerging Swazi and American artists. Many of the collections are also on display throughout the Embassy, honoring the strong relationship between the ...
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Ambassador Lisa Peterson commissions Jubukweni Communal Gardening Project

The Jubukweni community clearly has a “green thumb”! Ambassador Peterson joined them last Friday to commission their communal gardening project, headed by Ligcabho Labomake Association. The association received a grant of over E77,000 from the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program to install a drip irrigation system and to purchase water pipes, a water tank, and seedlings ...
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#Swazi girls who BELIEVE are destined to ACHIEVE!

On October 11, the US Embassy collaborated with U.S. Peace Corps Swaziland to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child at Manyeveni Nazarene Primary School, where Dawnita Brown, a Peace Corps Volunteer (G14) hosted the first ever “Swazi Girls Believe Conference.” Ambassador Lisa Peterson, Peace Corps Country Director Glenda Green, and Public Affairs Officer ...
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Nothando Thwala attends State Department’s IVLP Program

Congratulations to our International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) participant, Nothando Amaryllis-Celiwe Thwala, who is travelling to the United States today to take part in a three-week professional exchange program called #HiddenNoMore: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM. Nothando is a teaching assistant in the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at UNISWA. She conducts laboratory experiments in ...
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YALI Alumni visit radio station in a recruitment drive for YALI 2018 fellowship

Big up to our 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows – Simphiwe Dube-Ntshingila, Simangele Smecks Maziya and Qiniso “Qibho Intalektual” Motsa – who were on SBIS 2 this morning talking about their exchange programs in the United States. If you haven’t started your application for the 2018 program, it’s time to get moving! As Simphiwe said, this ...
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EducationUSA mentors 20 cohort members, traces their journey to the U.S.

Have you heard of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) exam? The SAT is a standardized test that forms part of entrance application requirements for U.S. universities and colleges. Over two million students take the SAT every year and it is used by nearly every college in America for evaluating a student’s college preparedness. The EducationUSA ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizen: National Strike on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The U.S. Mission informs U.S. citizens in South Africa that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) announced plans to embark upon a national strike on September 27, 2017 over State Capture and corruption. Planned deployments are outlined below. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local media prior to travel, avoid any reported conflict ...
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Ambassador Peterson swears in 33 new Peace Corps Volunteers

On August 24, Ambassador Lisa Peterson welcomed and presided over the swearing-in ceremony of 33 new Peace Corps Volunteers in Swaziland. These Volunteers will work in communities throughout Swaziland on health and education, focusing on empowering Swazi youth to lead healthy and productive lives and improve literacy. These activities will be crucial for unlocking the ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Michael Lombardo commissions Self-Help Project on Reusable Sanitary Pads

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program strikes again – this time at the Elwandle Roman Catholic Primary School! The U.S. Embassy wholeheartedly supports community development – we know it’s vital to improving living conditions for all in Swaziland. On August 10, Chargé d’Affaires Michael Lombardo attended the commissioning of a Reusable Sanitary Pad Project at Elwandle ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Robberies of Passengers from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport

The U.S. Embassy in Swaziland advises U.S. citizens to exercise caution when arranging ground transportation from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to hotels, guest houses, and residences.  Numerous U.S. citizens and other travelers have been robbed at gun point while traveling from OR Tambo International Airport to their place of lodging in what are ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: SHIMS 2 Data Roll-out

Your Excellency, the Right Honorable Prime Minister; Honorable Minister of Health; Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health; UN Resident Coordinator; Representatives from ICAP, NERCHA, and SNAP; PEPFAR and CDC Team Members; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of the press; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen, For all of you who have worked on the SHIMS 1 ...
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Swazi Scholars Off to America

Two Swazis recently departed for the United States as Fulbright Fellows. They will spend up to 2 years in the United States seeking to improve their professional skills to contribute positively to Swaziland’s development upon their return. This year’s awardees are: Dr. Bongiwe Prudence Malinga, a Senior Medical Officer at Mankayane Government Hospital. She will ...
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Makhosazana attends State Department’s IVLP Program

Promoting human rights, especially gender equality, is an important role of the U.S. government, and today we highlight Makhosazana Mkhonta, a Swazi champion for gender equality and women’s empowerment. She will be participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a 3-week professional development exchange in the United States. MaKhosazana Mkhonta is a Business Development ...
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#YALIServes on Mandela Day

U.S. Embassy Mbabane and YALI Network members spent July 18 – Mandela Day – at the Nhlangano American Corner, mentoring over 70 students from Nhlangano Central High School. They used free, online YALI Learns resources to discuss personal development strategies. These topics included public speaking, ethics and networking. The Fellows and the Embassy Public Affairs ...
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WomEng’s Pink Hard Hats Invade, Inspire Girls in Engineering

Over three days, PAS hosted the South Africa-based NGO, WomEng (founded by a South African alumna of IVLP and Fortune Women’s Mentoring Program), to discuss engineering careers, mentoring, and professional development with groups of stakeholders and students. The WomEng team first met with a group of more than 60 engineers, predominantly women, to talk about ...
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Regional Learning and Sharing Conference on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights

Good morning. Thank you for inviting me to discuss the U.S. government’s commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive health rights in Swaziland. As we look broadly at the Sustainable Development Goals, and link them to our efforts on the ground, it is clear that sexual and reproductive health rights cut across several categories, including goals ...
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US Ambassador joins in pad sewing drive campaign to keep girl-child in school

Last Sunday, the United States Ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson joined hundreds of ladies for the sanitary pad sewing drive. The pad sewing drive is an initiative led by the Leading Ladies Empowerment and the aim of the project is to make washable handmade sanitary pads for school going under-privileged girls. Driven by a need ...
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US Embassy National Day Celebration 2017

Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate the 241st anniversary of independence of the United States of America. I want to especially thank our sponsors – Swaziland Beverages, Mondelez International, D.D. Williamson, and FedEx – for supporting today’s event. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that ...
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Embassy commemorates World Environmental Day

Thank you for joining us as we commemorate World Environment Day, celebrated each year on June 5. Your interventions and discussions on environmental literacy are helping Swaziland to address important educational priorities, legal frameworks, and sustainable policies that will impact the nation for years to come. Environmental issues have rightfully taken center stage in recent ...
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Twelve Young Swazi Leaders Selected for U.S. Mandela Washington Fellowship

This June, twelve Swazi finalists, who were selected to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship (YALI), will travel to the United States of America. These outstanding young leaders will join 1000 other young African leaders for a six-week program at one of 20 prestigious U.S. universities followed by a summit in Washington, D.C. The youth ...
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World Press Freedom

On May 3, Ambassador Peterson joined journalists and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Swaziland to commemorate World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday. This year’s theme, Critical Minds For Critical Times, encouraged journalists to think about their role in advancing critical thought in societies. They also looked at tools that can make their work ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson Closing Ceremony – GBV Girls’ Coding Workshop

Good Morning, I want to congratulate you all on completing your first coding workshop!  I can tell that Shiselweni is going to be a leader in building Swaziland’s next generation of coders and software developers.  If you follow the news, you saw that last week in Durban, hundreds of world leaders, innovators, and development experts ...
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U.S. Embassy commemorates World Health Day

Statistics released by the World Health Organization state that depression affects 30 million people in Africa, which is also a major contributor to suicide. In Swaziland, in the year 2016, 102 males and 23 females committed suicide according to statistics released by Dr. Violet Mwanjani from the National Psychiatric Center. For World Health Day, the ...
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United States Government funds Police and Social Workers Training

Last Wednesday, 35 police officers and 35 social workers wrapped up their training on child-sensitive approaches to case management, a program funded by the U.S. government’s Full Participation Fund. They also received certificates from the National Commissioner of the Royal Swaziland Police Service, Isaac Magagula. This training will help officers and social workers to deal ...
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Leading Ladies of Swaziland

As we continue our year-round mission to empower women, we know that even the most successful women need support, advice, and encouragement. Last evening, the U.S. Embassy hosted a women’s leadership video conference titled “ Leading Ladies of Swaziland” with leadership coach Maureen Rabotin. She is the founder of Effective Global Leadership, a company that ...
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World TB Day Commemoration

Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson at the World TB Day Commemoration. Every March 24, we recognize World Tuberculosis Day, – a day when organizations from around the world Unite to End TB by calling attention to the continued threat of this ancient and deadly disease and what’s needed to eradicate it. Despite decades of efforts and significant progress in ...
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“THE LUCKY SPECIALS” Delivers Powerful Message about Tuberculosis Control and Treatment through Unique African Musical Story

Embassy of the United States of America Mbabane PRESS STATEMENT  March 24, 2017  “THE LUCKY SPECIALS” Delivers Powerful Message about Tuberculosis Control and Treatment through Unique African Musical Story Mbabane, Swaziland: For World Tuberculosis Day, Swaziland’s Director of Health and the United States Ambassador to Swaziland opened a premier of the film “THE LUCKY SPECIALS.”  The ...
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Ambassador Lisa Peterson hosted Mr. Miana Kiai, a Special Rapporteur from the United Nation

In the month of February, Ambassador Lisa Peterson hosted Mr. Miana Kiai, a Special Rapporteur from the United Nations who was in the country on an unofficial academic visit. Ambassador Peterson hosted a reception at her residence in Mr. Miana Kiai’s honor and to mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and ...
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Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk

On March 11, women from Swaziland and beyond gathered for the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk through the Pine Valley neighborhood of Mbabane. Taking place in 62 countries around the world, thousands of women took part in the walk to com-memorate International Women’s Day. “The goal,” says Aurelice Kunene of the Vital Voices organizing committee, ...
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Pan African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP)

You’ve met some of our YALI Mandela Washington Fellows, but did you know there are a lot of really remarkable young Swazi leaders even among the high school students in the country? Five High School students from schools around Swaziland have been selected to participate in the 2017 United States Department of State Pan African ...
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PAYLP Press Release

Five Swazi High School Students to participate in a U.S. Exchange Program This April, five Swazi high school students and a mentor will take part in the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP), a three-week, intensive exchange program in the U.S. that includes leadership training and service, community site visits, oral presentations, conflict resolution guidance, cultural ...
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Emergency food assistance, seeds, conservation training help families cope

February 2017—In the Lubombo region of Swaziland, 18-year-old Setsabile* and her baby boy, Njabulo, are experiencing the devastating impacts of the current drought, recorded as the worst in 35 years for Southern Africa.  “I am worried because we face a bad situation due to drought,” Setsabile explains. Her husband has found occasional work in nearby sugarcane ...
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U.S. Embassy Mbabane earns LEED® Gold

The US Government is proud to be a leader in addressing climate change in environmental sustainability. We continue to celebrate the landmark Climate Agreement that was reached in Paris. Closer to home, the new US Embassy was inaugurated in June as a high performance building. We are extremely proud to share with you that the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson Open Editors Forum Biennial General Meeting Pigg’s Peak Hotel

Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson Open Editors Forum Biennial General Meeting Pigg’s Peak Hotel Sunday December 18, 2016 – 13h00 Program Director Chair of the Forum All protocols observed Good afternoon Each year, we celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10th to acknowledge and to honor the full scope of rights accorded to every human ...
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Arts Against Abuse

In commemoration of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, Members of the public got a chance to see The-Four-Musk-Art-eers in action at the Theatre Club on December 9, where they joined the U.S. Embassy and Kwaka Indvodza, the male mentoring project, in a commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The four ...
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“Emalungelo abomake ngemalungelo ebantfu bonkhe”

On December 9, more than 300 women from across Swaziland gathered at Bethesda Church in Nhlangano to discuss issues affecting the lives of Swazi women. Among other things, women discussed policies that should be implemented to eliminate gender based violence and human trafficking and to increase women’s representation in the 2018 national parliamentary elections. In ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: National Women’s Dialogue – Women and Law Southern Africa

Bethesda Church Hall – Nhlangano Friday December 9, 2016 – 10h00 Shiselweni Regional Administrator; EU Representative; Representative of Lutsango Lwaka Ngwane (Swaziland Women Traditional Regiment group); Head of Human Trafficking Secretariat; Chairperson of the Gender Consortium; Gender Officer from the Swaziland National Association of Teachers; Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations, Good morning. I am honored to ...
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World AIDS Day Commemoration

On December 1, Ambassador Peterson joined in Swaziland’s national World AIDS Day Commemoration held in Mankayane. She acknowledged successes made thus far but urged everyone to play their part in working toward an AIDS Free Generation in Swaziland. Ambassador Peterson also shared the United States’ commitment to supporting the national response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: World AIDS Day – National Event

Mankayane Sports Grounds Thursday December 1, 2016 – 9h00 Your Excellency the Right Honorable Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Honorable Minister of Health, UN Resident Coordinator, Representatives from SWANNEPA, NERCHA, and IPPF; Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning. I am pleased to be here today to observe World AIDS Day in Swaziland. This day ...
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Sports Scholarships in the USA

On November 25, heads of Sports Associations, student athletes, coaches and teachers gathered at the OlympAfrica Center in Lobamba to discuss Sports Scholarships with  in the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael Lombardo, spoke about the importance of sports in youth development and emphasized the Embassy’s commitment to assisting students pursue their education in the ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Michael Lombardo: 2016 Elections Breakfast

Good morning. Thank you for joining us for an early-morning breakfast as we watch the live results of our 2016 Presidential election. As the political campaigns have unfolded under the 24-hour news cycle, many words have been used to describe the past eighteen months – from “spectacle” and “divisive” to “unprecedented” and “incredible” – but ...
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Girl Rising Event at Waterford

Good Evening, Friends, The film we are about to watch artfully depicts the many challenges still facing girls and women.  I’ve spoken at a number of events this year on the need to ensure equal opportunity and safety from gender based violence for girls and women.  I have some statistics that I’ve used at each ...
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Community Mobilization at the Ngwempisi Inkhundla

Hon. Senator Sibongile Simelane – Minister of Health Regional Secretary Senior Health Administrator Chief Sifuba SHIMS 2 Program Implementing Team ICAP Country Director Ladies and Gentlemen The US Government, through the PEPFAR program, is committed to support the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland in its fight against the HIV epidemic. In order to make ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson Awards Ceremony of the 2016 FIRST Lego League Championship Swaziland

MTN CEO Representative Mr. Sibusiso Nhleko Science, Maths and ICT Inspectors Head teachers of participating schools Presidents of Science, Maths and ICT Associations FIRST Lego League Operational Partner Johannes de -Vries University of South Africa (UNISA) Head of Computing and your team Judges Coaches Students Parents Ladies and Gentlemen, Sanibonani (Greetings to you all). Let ...
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Emergency Response- World Vision Launch

The Right Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Cabinet  Ministers Chief of the Ngcamphalala community The Pricipal Secretay, DPM’s Office Country Representative, UNICEF Country Representative, World Food Programme Honorable Member of Parliament Senior Government Officials present Chairperson of the Lubulini Inkhundla Council Inkhundla Council Leadership of the variuos structures in the community Community members Today marks ...
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US Ambassador Launches Drought Response Initiatives…As USAID brings much needed relief to 12 Constituencies

US Ambassador to Swaziland, HE Lisa Peterson, today, officially launched initiatives that will provide 4,625MT of food, 66MT of seed, 6,000 bales of hay and potable water to over 50,000 people who have been negatively impacted by the El Niño-induced drought in twelve (12) constituencies across the 4 regions in the country. The launch took ...
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Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield Visits Swaziland

United States Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, arrived in the country on September 28, 2016 for a one-day visit. While in the country, Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield attended a high level closed meeting with King Mswati III. She also visited a local US Government funded project in Matsapha, which is a mobile clinic that ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Teachers Across Boarders – Southern Africa

Honorable Minister for Education and Training (MoET) Principal Secretary -MoET UNICEF-Country Representative TABSA Coordinator TABSA Members Teachers Ladies and Gentlemen Good evening and thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you on this very important occasion. It is an honor for me to particiate in this year’s Teachers Across Borders – Southern ...
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United States Government Dedicates New Embassy in Ezulwini, Swaziland

In an important symbol of the enduring commitment and ongoing relationship between the United States and Swaziland, U.S. State Department Under Secretary for Management, Patrick F. Kennedy; Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, William H. Moser; and U.S. Ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson, alongside Swazi Government officials, dedicated the new U.S. ...
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OBO Principal Deputy Director William Moser: Mbabane Dedication Ceremony

Thank you, Ambassador Peterson. Good afternoon, Under Secretary Kennedy, His Royal Highness Prince Sihlangusemphi and other honored guests. I am honored to be here representing the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (or OBO as we call the office in the State Department).  On behalf of Director Lydia Muniz, I would like to thank you for ...
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Amb. Peterson’s Remarks for NEC Dedication/National Day Celebration

Your Royal Highness, Prince Hlangusemphi, Representative of His Majesty; Emakosikati, Your Royal Highnesses; Undersecretary Kennedy Distinguished Guests; Friends; All protocols observed; Lishonile and Welcome to all. It is a tremendous pleasure for me to stand here today in the company of so many colleagues and friends to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the United States’ ...
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Treatment for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Now Available in Swaziland Through a Donation from the United States Government and Janssen Therapeutic

Anti-TB drug could offer new hope for TB patients with limited treatment options Today the Ministry of Health and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that a new treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), Bedaquiline, is available in Swaziland via a donation program through USAID and Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP ...
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The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Launches Ntambande Neighborhood Care Point in Mpolonjeni

Ntambande Neighborhood Care Point was officially launched thanks to funding from the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program.  On June 10, Ambassador Lisa Peterson launched Ntambande Neighborhood Care Point at Mpolonjeni worth E103, 125.00 Since 2011, together with other partners, SHAMBA Trust has delivered quality preschool education and nutrition to the neediest children in Nkoyoyo. ...
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The United States Government Renovates Nsingweni and Ebulandzeni Clinic in Hhohho Region

The U.S. Government is pleased to announce that through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, the Nsingweni Ekuphileni clinic and eBulandzeni clinic have been renovated and handed over to the Swazi community. Following a request from the Ministry of Health to assist in increasing HIV services in Hhohho region, PEPFAR provided E2.7 ...
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Ambassador Peterson’s Remarks for Women’s History Month Event

Honorable Members of Parliament, Honorable High Court Judge, Mumcy Dlamini Representative from the DPM’s Office, Kangeziwe Mabuza, Government Officials, Civil Society Leaders, Friends, Good evening and welcome to my home.  I want to thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to join us in commemorating Women’s History Month.  While this month is about ...
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Announcement of Electoral Results in the Republic of Congo

U.S. Embassy Brazzaville U.S. Department of State Press Statement by Deputy Spokesperson mark toner Deputy Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC The United States takes note of the presidential election results announced by the Minister of Interior in the Republic of Congo. Pending the proclamation of the definitive results by the Constitutional Court, we ...
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Remarks by DCM Susan Tuller: Commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and HURISWA Human Rights Group Launch

Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society, Members of the Media, Friends, Good Morning and Welcome, I am so pleased to be with you this morning to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., commemorate African American History Months, and also to witness the launch of the Human Rights Society of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Lisa J Peterson: Launch of the Swaziland Farmers’ Cooperative Union Miller Maize Project

February 17, 2016 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Regional Administrator Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Commissioner of Cooperatives Members of the Swaziland Farmers’ Cooperative Union Distinguished guests Ladies and Gentlemen Good Morning, It gives me great pleasure to be here with you today in Ludzeludze (Loo-TZEH-loot-TZEH) as we officially launch the Swaziland ...
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The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Launches Borehole Water System at Acts 11 Clinic

The Acts 11 Clinic now has a clean, constant water supply thanks to the funding of the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self Help Fund. On October 09, Consul Carla Nadeau launched a borehole water system at the clinic worth E36,462.70. In addition to providing drinking water, plans are being made to use the water to assist ...
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Global Fund HIV & TB Grants Signing

As Swaziland continues to lead in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the United States Government remains firm in its partnership with the people of Swaziland, to ensure that anyone who needs critical lifesaving TB and HIV/AIDS treatment, is able to access these services. On October 14, 2015, the U.S. Ambassador Makila James, joined by the Deputy ...
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United States Government Funds Construction of Library and Administration Building at Nzongomane Primary School

The United States Government, through the Department of Defense (DOD), funded the construction of a library and an administration building for Nzongomane Primary School in the Shiselweni Region. This project was funded through the United States Department of Defense’s Humanitarian Assistance Program at a cost of $200,000 (over E2million). The U.S. Government sponsored the construction ...
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The United States Government Sponsors Mediation Training for Swaziland

The United States Government, through a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of State, sponsored a three-day mediation training for the Commissioners of the Conciliation, Mediation & Arbitration Commission (CMAC) of Swaziland. The two trainers from the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) brought with them over 40 years of ...
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United States Government Donates Five Vehicles to the Ministry of Health National Sample Transport System (NSTS)

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and its stakeholders gathered at the Mbabane Hospital Laboratory Complex today for an official handover of five customized vehicles donated to the Swaziland Health Laboratory Service (SHLS) by the United States Government through its President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.  Minister of Health Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane attended the ceremony ...
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July 4th Independence Celebrations

Lishonile and Welcome to all. I want to start by thanking the talented young members of the Elangeni High School choir from Ezulwini who are performing for us this afternoon.  When I heard them perform at an Embassy supported program last year, I was inspired, as I always am, by the incredible talent and potential ...
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Press Statement Maseko Makhubu Release

The United States Government celebrates the release of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and The Nation Magazine editor Bheki Makhubu after spending nearly fifteen months in prison for writing articles criticizing the Swazi judiciary.  Their release is a victory for the democratic principles of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press.  ...
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U.S. State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

The United States Department of State released the FY 2015 Fiscal Transparency Report pursuant to section 7031(b)(3) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2015 (Div. J, P.L.113-235).  Swaziland is among 60 governments that were assessed and found to not meet the Department’s minimum requirements of fiscal transparency in the ...
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The United States Government Donates Essential Medical Supplies to His Majesty’s Correctional Services

Through the U.S. Government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) provided medical supplies and equipment worth $350,000 to His Majesty’s Correctional Services. His Majesty’s Correctional Services are part of the Swaziland Uniformed Services Alliance on HIV/AIDS, which also includes the Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF), the Royal Swaziland ...
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Seven Swazis Selected for 2015 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that seven Swazis have been invited to participate in the second annual Mandela Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  These outstanding young Swazi leaders will travel to the United States this June with nearly 500 other young African leaders for a six week program at ...
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United States Government Supports TB Control at His Majesty’s Correctional Services

The United States Government, though the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has provided support to establish a comprehensive TB/HIV clinic and laboratory at Matsapha Correctional Institution worth over US$70,000 (approximately E735,000). The clinic and  laboratory have been fully operational since July 2014, providing much needed TB detection and care services. The clinic has ...
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United States Government supports TB control at His Majesty’s Correctional Services

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided support to an establishment of a comprehensive TB/HIV clinic and a laboratory at Matsapha Correctional Institution worth over US$70,000 (approximately E735000). The clinic and  laboratory has been fully operational since July 2014 providing much need TB detection and care services. The clinic has two consultation ...
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USG provides Laboratory and Equipment for the First In-country Medical laboratory Sciences Program at SANU

In order to help combat HIV in Swaziland, the United States Government, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), supported the refurbishment of a laboratory and provided equipment for the Kingdom of Swaziland’s first Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program.   This donation from ...
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Hand-Over of Refurbished Medical Laboratory Science Program Practical Laboratory and Equipment and Supplies

It is a pleasure for me to be with you today at this handover ceremony.  This beautiful laboratory was made possible thanks to the generosity of the American people, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, also known as PEPFAR.  Since 2007, the U.S. Government has partnered with the Government and the people of ...
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USG partners with Coca-Cola and Matsapha Town Council to fight HIV and TB in Matsapha

The United States Government, Coca-Cola-Swaziland, and the Matsapha Town Council have joined forces through a public-private partnership (PPP) to support the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland (GKoS) in their fight against the HIV/TB pandemic.  The partnership will specifically focus on improving the health and productivity of the workforce in the greater Matsapha area.  This ...
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USG donates Health facility and Medical Equipment and Supplies to USDF

The United States Government, through its Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), partnered with Project C.U.R.E., an international nonprofit organization based in the United States, to provide the Umbutfo Swaziland Defense Force (USDF), Correctional Services, and Hospice at Home with over $1,149,479 (approximately E12,300,585) worth of medical supplies and equipment. These supplies and equipment ...
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Handover of Health Facility, Medical Equipment, and Supplies to the Ministry of Defense and National Security

Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure for me to be with you today at this handover ceremony – an activity that I take pride in doing on behalf of my government and the people of the United States.  The United States Government is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Defense in improving ...
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The United States and the Kingdom of Swaziland Improving Clean Energy Generation

The Unites States Government has worked closely with the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland to assist them in producing the National Electricity Grid Code, a document that establishes the rules and procedures for the users of Swaziland’s power system.  The Grid Code will encourage clean energy expansion, facilitate competition, and promote the security, reliability, ...
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Grid Code Completion Ceremony

Good morning. It is my pleasure to be here today with our partners from the Ministry of Natural Resources & Energy and the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority to participate in the official handover of the National Electricity Grid Code to the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland.  This is indeed a very important event for ...
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Martin Luther King Day

On January 15, the U.S. Ambassador to Swaziland, Makila James hosted a special ceremony to celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy featuring guests from across Swazi society: government officials, members of civil society, artists, youth leaders, religious leaders, and members of the diplomatic corps to officially commemorate the anniversary of the March on Washington.  The distinguished guests ...
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