09 November 2023

Making The Case for Investment in the Child Health Programme in Eswatini

UNICEF developed an Investment Case for Eswatini's Child Health Programme, assessing the economic benefits of allocating resources towards child health programs in the country. The report includes a cost-effectiveness analysis of the Child Health Programme, which estimates the costs and benefits of implementing the program across six health areas. The report's theoretical framework provides a clear understanding of the pathways between mortality, morbidity, and economic output, and the optimization tool offers insights into how to improve the Programme's effectiveness. Its key findings suggest that investing in child health in Eswatini can have significant economic benefits, including increased productivity and reduced healthcare costs. The report highlights that the Child Health Programme is most cost-effective in the maternal, newborn, and reproductive health area, followed by nutrition, HIV/AIDS, pediatrics in intensive care unit (ICU), neonates in ICU, and immunization. The report also suggests that investing in child health can lead to significant economic gains, with a potential return on investment of up to 13 times the initial investment. The report provides valuable insights for policymakers and program managers looking to improve child health outcomes in Eswatini and underscores the importance of investing in child health as a means of promoting economic growth and development.
27 September 2023

Eswatini Investment Case for Sustainable Energy in Health and Education Facilities

The report of the “Investment Case for Sustainable Energy in Health and Education Facilities in Eswatini" offers a comprehensive analysis that highlights the multiple benefits associated with investing in sustainable energy solutions for health and education facilities in the country. It provides a comprehensive overview of the methodology employed in developing the investment case. This includes the creation of a cutting-edge renewable energy sizing tool, as well as the selection of public education facilities and public health facilities across the country. The renewable energy sizing tool, in particular, encompassed various dimensions, including the dimensions and composition of buildings, the existing energy and water supply, the levels of demand for these resources, inquiries related to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), as well as the appliances present and their patterns of usage. The report offers valuable insights regarding the electricity demand specifically within health and education facilities. It also delves into the sizing of renewable energy systems, the financial aspects involved, the potential impact on fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as well as the associated risks and possible mitigation strategies. Furthermore, the report concludes with recommendations and outlines the subsequent steps to be taken in this regard. It provides a comprehensive and insightful analysis that can greatly benefit stakeholders who are keen on making investments in sustainable energy solutions for health and education facilities in Eswatini.