Eswatini Country Brief on Findings of Maternal Nutrition Landscape Analysis

UNICEF developed an Eswatini Country Brief on “Findings of Maternal Nutrition Landscape Analysis”, which provides a comprehensive overview of the health and nutrition of women and children in the country and identifies areas for improvement.

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Highlights

UNICEF developed an Eswatini Country Brief on “Findings of Maternal Nutrition Landscape Analysis”, which provides a comprehensive overview of the health and nutrition of women and children in the country and identifies areas for improvement. The data is based on the most recent nationally representative surveys and a review of maternal nutrition policies and programs in Eastern and Southern Africa  (ESA) by the UNICEF ESA Regional Office (ESARO). According to the Body Mass Index (BMI), a significant proportion of women in Eswatini are either underweight or overweight/obese. Children under the age of five in Eswatini have high rates of malnutrition and wasting, while adult females (aged 15 years and older) have a relatively high rate of literacy. However, the male-to-female literacy ratio among adolescents (aged 15-24) is low. The percentage of households using an improved water source is comparatively high, whereas the percentage of households using properly iodized salt is low. The existence and coverage of maternal nutrition initiatives in Eswatini are limited, with only one of three recommended interventions being implemented in every district. The country's maternal nutrition policies and guidelines require refinement, and there are numerous obstacles and bottlenecks to implementing maternal nutrition interventions.

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