Swaziland joins the rest of the African Community to Commemorate the Day of the African Child

Background:

Every year, the Day of the African Child is commemorated by Member States of the African Union (AU) and its Partners (in accordance with the OAU Resolution CM/Res.1290 (XL). The DAC presents an opportunity to focus on the work of all actors committed to the rights of children on the continent, thus consolidating their efforts in addressing the obstacles for realizing these rights. It also provides an occasion for Governments, International Institutions and Communities to renew their on-going commitments towards improving the plight of children by organizing activities aimed at including children themselves

Justification:

 Since 2007, Swaziland declared June as children’s month.  The month provides the country with an opportunity to intensify advocacy on children’s issues. This then culminates to the commemoration of the Day of the African child. Every first week of June, the Government of Swaziland has continued to renew commitment to dedicating a whole month to intensify advocacy for children’s agenda by declaring June as children’s month on the first week of the month. However for 2017 the Launch of the Children’s month is proposed to be on the 1st June 2017 (Thursday) and it will take the form of a Media Launch with children’s participating during the day. During the Launch all stakeholders, including children, will convene to a proposed central venue and during the commemoration we propose Shiselweni Region at Eqinisweni Primary School on the 15th June 2017 (Thursday). The basis for choosing Shiselweni is the availability of the Eqinisweni School which provides a good model for inclusive education

Consultation:

 The preparation for both the Launch and the commemoration event is coordinated by the Deputy Prime Minister’s office, in particular the Children’s Department, in collaboration with, other relevant government ministries, CANGO NGO Children’s Consortium and UNICEF Swaziland.

Analysis:

The theme selected by the African Committee for the celebration of the DAC in 2017 is “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for children in Africa: Accelerating protection, empowerment, and equal opportunity”. The child friendly version of the theme is simply “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030”. As stakeholders we have agreed to focus on children with disabilities and our proposed localised theme is “For every child: protection, empowerment and equal opportunity.” The current issues facing children with disabilities require maximum protection, empowerment and equal opportunities. Hence we would like complement the Government of Swaziland’s efforts to enact the Persons with Disabilities Bill of 2015. Through this month and beyond we propose to also make visible all the other issues experienced by children with disabilities. Apart from the focus on children with disabilities, stakeholders would also use this opportunity to advocate for early identification and intervention of children with disability, safer school as centres of care and support through engaging teachers on positive discipline, and to raise awareness on the magnitude of sexual violence leading to the enactment of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill.

Preferred action:

Given that Swaziland is a member of the AU and is also signatory to the UN CRC and African Charter on Welfare of children, the country is expected to commemorate the 2017 Day of the African Child.

Implementation plan:

Activity Proposed Venue Proposed date

      Launch of Children’s month

Sibane Hotel, Ezulwini 8th June 2017
   Commemoration of the Day of the African Child Eqinisweni Primary School in Nhlangano Swaziland

Thursday 15th June 2017

      Communities:

4 dialogues to be held at comunities with the guidance of chiefs to facilitate discussing child rights.

Proposed for all four (4) Regions of Swaziland. 26th – 30th June 2017
 Radio programme:

Panelists hosted on the FODSWA radio programme “Teluleko ngekukhubateka” once every week for 6 months. VOC to be approached for additional slots.

National Radio June – December 2017

Documentary on the campaign issues to highlight children’s views on disability and violence. This will also include video clips with voices from the Champions (Chiefs), teachers and children

Proposed for all four (4) Regions June – December 2017

 

For more information about the DAC commemoration in Swaziland, please contact Lungile Mnisi at CANGO offices at 2404 4721 or email her at advocacyofficer@cango.org.sz.

 

 

CANGO applauds His Majestys Government on decreasing the HIV incidence rate amongst adults in Swaziland.

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Kingdom of Swaziland

The Swaziland HIV and AIDS Consortium of NGOs and Civil Society Organisations under the auspices of the Coordinating assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO) would like to join the nation in expressing our congratulation in the recently launched Swaziland HIV Incident Measurement Survey (SHIMS2) by the Right Honourable Prime Minister, Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini.That the HIV incidence has decreased by half and those virally suppressed also improved is great news for the Kingdom of Swaziland. This counts as an achievement for the nation in its fight against HIV/AIDS, a clear demonstration that when leadership at all levels, especially the political leadership, is determined, more can be achieved as a country.
 
When His Majesty the King, Mswati III declared HIV/AIDS as a national disaster in 1999, this act of courage and leadership galvanised the Government, Non-Governmental Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Traditional Authorities, the private sector, ordinary citizens, international partners, and people who were already living with HIV and AIDS to take action under the banner “I AIDS Indandzaba Yetfu Sonkhe”.The Government of Swaziland prioritised the response even in its budget ensuring that the Ministry of Health respond appropriately to the disaster the nation was facing.We saw this through the creation of The National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS (NERCHA) under the Prime Minister’s Office in 2001 and subsequently through an act of Parliament in 2003 to coordinate and facilitate the National Multisectoral HIV/AIDS response.We also witnessed the global solidarity when the United Nations set up UNAIDS and subsequently the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
 
Then the then United States of America, President George W Bush set up The U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), an initiative to combat global HIV/AIDS, TB,and Malaria for hard hit focus countries. Regional organisations such as the African Union, Southern African Development Community (SADC) also took steps to mobilise resources and expertise in solidarity to fight a common enemy that was threatening to wipe the world. This Swaziland’s good story will not be possible without the role played by international organisations and partners of the government. We would like to applaud the role that NGOs played in the early 80s when the HIV issue was just emerging as a mysterious disease. We are also aware of the Government of Swaziland’s efforts to work closely with NGOs and Faith Based organisation through the National AIDS Programme (SNAP).
 
Government ensured that the mulltisectoral response aimed at the realisation that HIV and AIDS was not just a health problem but a disease making every sector of the society feel the brunt. NERCHA was then launched to coordinate the HIV and AIDS response which they have done with commitment under leadership of His Excellency the Right Honourable Prime Minister. After the declaration of HIV and AIDS as a national disaster CANGO responded itself by setting up the very same Swaziland HIV and AIDS Consortium (SHACO) in 1999. This has been a critical platform where implementing civil society organisations are coordinated, linked with supporting partners to solidify response and act as “a voice of the voiceless”.
 
From donors, a number of programmes were on the ground implemented by members. Indeed, we appreciate NERCHA for having embraced all sectors including SHACO, Swaziland Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (SWANEPHA), Alliance of Mayors’ Initiative for Community Action Against HIV/AIDS at Local Level (AMICAALL), Swaziland Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (SWABCHA), and the Church Forum. They provided
some funds, guidelines and platforms for joint engagement of these apexes.
 
The Ministry of Health has remained the bedrock for the responses in the country. They faced enormous challenges but through it all tried their best to provide succour to those
who needed support. We applaud the army of volunteers including the Rural Health Motivators who even without remunerations were able and willing to lend support to the infected and affected some of them risking contracting infections themselves. We note that the battle is far from over. The good news only serves to galvanise all the actors to continue to do more as big results are being seen. There is no room for
complaisance.
 
Global targets in the fight against HIV are pointing towards the elimination of HIV. The programmatic language now talks of three FREES; which means START FREE – eliminate
new HIV infections; STAY FREE – reduce 95% of new infections; and AIDS FREE – provide treatment for all HIV patients. Government has to continue to pump in more resources as international funding has levelled off and is projected to decline due to competing global problems. More importantly, it is for individuals to take the responsibility to prevent new infections. We can all start by taking a test and commence treatment as soon as possible while there is still time. Indeed, we call all sing a new song; a song of hope that we can get there – forward ever towards 90-90-90. Backwards never!
 
Miss. Hlobisile G. Nxumalo
Acts of Faith Executive Director
Chairperson of the Swaziland HIV & AIDS Consortium (SHACO)

Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2) shows significant reduction of new HIV infections among Swazi adults.

 

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Kingdom of Swaziland.

Washington, D.C./Paris—Groundbreaking data from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) show that the HIV epidemic is coming under control across all age groups in Swaziland, the country with the highest HIV prevalence in the world. Additional PEPFAR-supported studies released in December 2016 for Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe demonstrate significant progress toward controlling the HIV epidemics in these countries as well.

According to the latest Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2) released today, new HIV infections have been nearly halved among adults, and HIV viral load suppression – a key marker of the body successfully controlling the virus – has doubled in Swaziland since 2011. These data suggest that Swaziland has met the global target for community viral load suppression among HIV-positive adults four years ahead of schedule. The Swaziland data is particularly important because PEPFAR funded a comprehensive survey in 2011-2012, which provides the critical baseline comparator of current results and progress.

Over the same time period, life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) nearly doubled in Swaziland, reaching over 80 percent ART coverage among adults. Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) coverage also rose from 13 to 29 percent in the country. In addition, the critical PEPFAR-supported public-private DREAMS Partnership (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe), which focuses on reducing HIV infections among girls and women ages 10-24, was launched in 2015.

Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, said, “We now have clear evidence that four African countries are approaching control of their HIV epidemics. These unprecedented findings demonstrate the remarkable impact of the U.S. government’s efforts, through PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in partnership with African countries. We now have a historic opportunity to change the very course of the HIV pandemic.”

Data from these four countries were gathered through critical household surveys, known as Population-Based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIAs), which are funded by PEPFAR and conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, as well as by local governmental and non-governmental partners. The data from Swaziland draw from two household surveys (SHIMS 1 and SHIMS 2) that directly measured new HIV infections and viral load suppression in 2011 and 2016 respectively.

“The findings from SHIMS 2 are a testimony to the remarkable commitment by the Government of Swaziland to confronting the HIV epidemic,” said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, Director of ICAP. “It is a demonstration that all the efforts put into the scale-up of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services have borne fruit.”

While the PHIA results demonstrate tremendous progress, they also reveal key gaps in HIV prevention and treatment programming for younger men and women that require urgent attention and action. In all four surveys, women ages 15-24 and men under age 35 were less likely to know their HIV status, be on HIV treatment, or be virally suppressed than older adults. These gaps are all areas in which PEPFAR continues to invest and innovate, including efforts to reduce HIV incidence among adolescent girls and young women through the DREAMS Partnership and to reach and link more young men to HIV services.

“These results from Swaziland signal a dramatic transformation in a country where HIV was destabilizing families, communities, and the economy,” said Shannon Hader, M.D., M.P.H., Director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB. “They also show what we must do next to achieve HIV epidemic control. Global efforts are working – we can’t stop now.”

Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are among the 13 highest-burden countries where PEPFAR is accelerating its efforts toward reaching epidemic control by 2020 through the UNAIDS 90-90-90 framework and expansion of HIV prevention. PEPFAR also continues to invest in over 50 countries, ensuring access to services by all populations, including the most vulnerable and at-risk groups while partnering with host governments, the Global Fund, UNAIDS, and others. This includes maintaining life-saving ART for all of the people that PEPFAR currently supports and expanding both HIV prevention and treatment services, where possible, through increased performance, efficiency gains, and shared responsibility of all partners.

About PEPFAR

PEPFAR is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history. Through the compassion and generosity of the American people, PEPFAR has saved and improved millions of lives, accelerating progress toward controlling and ultimately ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat. For more information, please visit www.pepfar.gov, and follow PEPFAR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. PEPFAR full information brief can be found at https://www.pepfar.gov/press/releases/2017/272788.htm

Media Contact:
David Haroz
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Supper Buddies partners with Ministry of Education & Ministry of Health to host in school dialogue at Siteki Nazarene High School.

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Super Buddies Club, an NGO implementing youth based programmes for in and out of school acrooss the four regions of Swaziland in collaboration with Siteki PHU and Lubombo Region Education Officer will host an in-school dialogue scheduled as follows:

Venue: Siteki Nazanere High School, Siteki.

Date: Wednesday, 9th August, 2017.

Time: 8.00am

The dialogue will bring together parents, teachers, Pastors, adolescents and young people from 13 schools across the Lubombo Region and will cover both HIV prevention and treatment topics. It will mainstream gender based violence and psycho-social support as crosscutting issues. HIV testing services will be provided by Siteki PHU and URC and the services will be availed to young people and adults attending.

The dialogue will cover the following topics;

– Early sexual debut, HIV prevention and teenage pregnancy. This sessions will be facilitated by Zandile Masangane ASRHU
– HIV treatment and care (ART literacy, disclosure, HIV testing and stigma and discrimination). This session will be facilitated by Siteki PHU and URC
– Gender based violence – This session will be facilitated by SRH Gender focal person, URC and One Stop Centre
– Psychosocial support – This session will be facilitated by REPSSI

Partners are invited to attend the dialogue and are encouraged to also setup stalls. For more information about the dialogue, please contact Super Buddies Club country director Siphiwe Nkambule at : +268 2404 8228 | 268 7615 4342 or you can email her at siphiwe.vilakati@gmail.com.

Supper Buddies partners with Ministry of Education & Ministry of Health to host in school dialogue at Siteki Nazarene High School.

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Super Buddies Club, an NGO implementing youth based programmes for in and out of school acrooss the four regions of Swaziland in collaboration with Siteki PHU and Lubombo Region Education Officer will host an in-school dialogue scheduled as follows:
 
Venue: Siteki Nazanere High School, Siteki.
 
Date: Wednesday, 9th August, 2017.
 
Time: 8.00am
 
The dialogue will bring together parents, teachers, Pastors, adolescents and young people from 13 schools across the Lubombo Region and will cover both HIV prevention and treatment topics. It will mainstream gender based violence and psycho-social support as crosscutting issues. HIV testing services will be provided by Siteki PHU and URC and the services will be availed to young people and adults attending.
 
The dialogue will cover the following topics;
 
– Early sexual debut, HIV prevention and teenage pregnancy. This sessions will be facilitated by Zandile Masangane ASRHU
– HIV treatment and care (ART literacy, disclosure, HIV testing and stigma and discrimination). This session will be facilitated by Siteki PHU and URC
– Gender based violence – This session will be facilitated by SRH Gender focal person, URC and One Stop Centre
– Psychosocial support – This session will be facilitated by REPSSI
 
Partners are invited to attend the dialogue and are encouraged to setup stalls during the dialogue. For more information about the dialogue, please contact Super BUddies Club country director Siphiwe Nkambule at : +268 2404 8228 | 268 7615 4342 or you can email her at siphiwe.vilakati@gmail.com.

Request for Expression of Interest from Consultants to conduct GAP Analysis

 

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Client: CANGO Swaziland.
 
Programme: Centre for Health and Gender Equity – CHANGE.
 
Terms of Reference.
 
1. Background
 
The Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisation (CANGO) is an umbrella body for affiliated Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO). It has over 70 active Civil Society Organisations who are members. CANGO was established initially as a network for NGOs working in Primary Health Care in 1983 and the organizations mandate was broadened in 1987 to assume the national umbrella status in coordination of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the country.
 
CANGO has been awarded a grant by Centre for Health and Gender Equity – CHANGE to implement an advocacy and accountability work to enable the implementation of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the DREAMS partnership in Swaziland. The consultant is therefore engaged to assess the gaps in the implementation of the DREAMS programme with regards to advocacy and accountability of the NGOs supported for SRHR under DREAMS.
 
1.1 Experience in Advocacy work
 
Through the consortiums – Gender, Children, Human Rights and Governance, SRHR Task Force, the secretariat coordinates and support in organising advocacy campaigns as part of efforts to influence pro-poor policies. Some of the days that are observed include the United Nations Days – Day of the African Child (DAC), International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC), 16 Days Activism, and Human Rights Day to mention a few. CANGO also advocates for national policies and legislations which focus on the vulnerable groups at national level and these include the Sexual Offence and Domestic Violence Bill (SODV), Disability Bill and Marriage Bill.
 
1.2 Experience related to SRHR
 
CANGO through the Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS) and other organisations has played a pivotal role in responding, providing youth friendly services and commodities. An SRHR consortium – Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Task Force has been established to facilitate coordination of SRHR programmes delivered by NGOs in the country as well as being used as an advocacy platform and sharing of skills for SRHR amongst the members of the Forum in the country.
 
CANGO is implementing a project with International HIV and AIDS Health Alliance which seeks to targets adolescents and young women living with HIV. The project advocate for greater accountability of policy makers, improvement of access to services, involvement of communities in addressing issues of the target group and empowering the adolescents and young girls living with HIV and AIDS.
 
There is also a Global Fund project which is supporting girls in schools with dignity packs consisting of sanitary pads and other essentials. There is also an in and out of school programme that targets adolescents and young women including boys with critical information and then promote access to SRH services as well.
 
2. The specific objectives of the assessment are;
 
 To engage decision makers including: Ministry of Health Sexual Reproductive Health Unit, Ministry of Health Officials including Principal secretary, Ministry of health Portfolio Committee, Directors to mention a few, National Population Unit, PEPFAR, USAID, Embassy, National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS(NERCHA).
 To promote participation of women and girls led organization such as the Sexual Reproduction and Rights Task Force, the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAAGA), NATIC, the Swaziland Young Women Foundation supported in the DREAMS project.
 
3. Expected deliverables
 
The deliverables for the consultancy will be;
 
 Inception report.
 Stakeholder consultation meetings on gap analysis.
 Stakeholder validation meeting for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Implementation Framework.
 Final assessment report and SRHR Implementation Framework.
 
Scope of work
 
 Conduct stakeholder consultations to inform the development of the gap analysis report and proposed implementation framework
 Conduct 1/2 day validation meeting for the report and the implementation framework
 Conduct ½ day meeting for dissemination of findings
 
4. Duration and Timelines
 
The consultancy is for seven days.
 
5. Detailed Work Schedule
 
Task Timeframe
Development of inception report
Conduct stakeholder consultations to inform the development of the gap analysis report and proposed implementation framework 2Days
Report writing 2 Days
Disseminate findings with Stakeholders 1 Day
Developing SRHR Framework
Conduct 1/2 day validation meeting for the report and the implementation framework 1/2 Day
Finalization of report 1& ½ Day
Submit all deliverables
 
6. Management Arrangements
 
The consultant will be managed by Executive Director – CANGO and will work closely with Programme Manager.
 
7. Qualifications and experience
 
The incumbent should hold at a minimum;
 Post graduate degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or equivalent
 Over 5 years’ experience in adolescent health, experience in adolescent and sexual and reproductive health is an added advantage
 Experience in developing adolescent and youth health policies, strategies in developing countries
 Experience in developing M&E plans in developing countries.
 Experience in working with government officials, donors, youth and civil society and being able to interact with a variety of stakeholders at different levels
 Strong analytic, writing and communication skills
 Fluency in English and siSwati
 
8. Last date for submission;
 
Proposals should be clearly expression of interest for CHANGE and hand delievered or emailed as follows:
Executive Director
Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisation
P. O. Box A 67
Swazi Plaza
Or emailed to administration@cango.org.sz
All interested candidates should have made their submissions by the 30th June, 2017 at 1600 hours. Shortlisted candidate will be informed by 10th July, 2017. 
For more information on the above consultancy, please contact Eddie Mkhatshwa at 2404 4721 or email him at porgrammemanager@cango.org.sz.

CANGO calls for all Swazis to join the celebration of Africa Day

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The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) joins citizens and the continent in celebrating the holiday which is Africa Day on May 25 2017. Africa deserves this recognition because of the history of the successful struggle for the liberation of the continent on this day.
 
History of Africa Day
Africa Liberation Day is observed in commemoration of the Conference of Independent African States which was first held in Accra, Ghana on April 15, 1958, founded by the efforts of Kwame Nkrumah. This initiative attracted many African leaders and activists from various countries.
 
Resolved to mark first steps towards the African liberation movement, on May 25, 1963, this day was symbiotically recognized during the birth of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) when about 31 countries met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to form OAU which championed breaking down all forms of colonialism.
The people were still determined to break apartheid and imperialism that was still persisted in other countries, including Swaziland which was to become independent five years later, in 6th September 1968.The Ghana initiative marked a period of change and to say ‘No more’, which eventually saw 17 African countries gaining their independence from imperialist European countries by the time the OAU was born.
 
On the trajectory 1960 was declared the year of Africa. The OAU then transitioned to the African Union (AU) whose focus is economic transformation which was launched in Durban, South Africa, in 2002.All these events led to this holiday which is African Liberation Day or as Africa Day, an awareness-raising day for African communities worldwide to never lose cause to fight for freedoms.
 
As we celebrate this day, the people of Swaziland must be reminded that we celebrate Africa and Africanness. We thank the founding fathers for their call for Africa to unite.We thank the leaders of this country who were one with the people as Africa Day is still a holiday in few countries, including the Kingdom of Swaziland.
 
Some skeptics are asking what is being celebrated when almost the half of the population live on One Dollar a day, famine is ravaging the Horn of Africa, people are dying from communicable diseases: HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, diarrhea, we witness internal conflicts, terrorism and more importantly oppression of citizens by governments institutions, gender based violence, corporations’ state capture, corruption, inequality and tribalism.
 
Mobilise
We in the NGO sector across the continent are determined to mobilise Africans still to celebrate the achievements however small they are. Let us mobilse Africans to transform the continent and realise the African renaissance. We have got to understand that there is no change that has ever come on its own. Only unity will free us from the roots of the suffering of the masses.
 
Aybuye IAfrica!
 
Emmanuel Ndlangamandla (Mr)
Executive Director
Coordinating Assembly of NGOs in Swaziland.

CANGO Board, staff, managment & NGO Membership mourns the loss of former Lutheran Development Service (LDS) Director, Ms Pamela Meggit,

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CANGO Board, staff, managment & NGO Membership mourns the loss of former Lutheran Development Service (LDS) Director, Ms Pamela Meggit,
The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) would like to pass their condolences to the family of the former Lutheran Development Service (LDS) Director, Ms Pamela Meggit, who has passed on. Ms Meggit will be remembered as one of the founding directors of the Coordinating Assembly (CANGO) which has existed for over three decades. Because of her belief in the idea of NGOs working together collaboratively than competing for being effective agents of change in the lives of the people of Swaziland, her ideas still live on as principles embraced by the Assembly.
 
She was also a strong believer in NGOs’ collaborating with the Government in order to have meaningful impact in the country’s development agenda, credited amongst the Board members instrumental in the purchasing of the CANGO offices in Mbabane which led to the relocation of the organisation’s from Manzini to Mbabane in December 1999. Ms Pamela Meggit left huge footprints in the food crisis response of the 1992 drought disaster as part of the leaders that mobilised all NGOs interested in responding to the drought to start doing something.
 
In 1994, one of her many ideas, the Food Security and Livelihood Consortium, the first consortium under CANGO, was formalized. The consortium went further to secure funding from partners such as the European Union at the time when mitigation work was implemented throughout the country. Her leadership ensured that other partners including the World Food Programme were mobilised to support interventions aimed at addressing the plight of the poor and vulnerable communities in the country.
 
Because of her passion to care for the poor and vulnerable communities, it was this consortium, working under the guidance of the Disaster Task Force that was responsible for the national food distribution exercise. Ms Meggit also doubled as an instrumental founding Director of LDS. For many years, LDS was a source of inspiration and support for communities in the Lubombo region having its site offices at Ndzevane.
 
She implemented LDS’ strong systems, inspired vibrant governing board members and dedicated staff during her tenure as the founding director. The CANGO Board Members, management, staff and volunteers pay their special tribute to this exceptional individual who laid a solid foundation for both CANGO and the Lutheran Development Service. May her soul rest in peace!
 
From CANGO Board,Management, Staff & NGO membership

Call for Job Applications by Joyful Hearts Organisation (NGO based in Manzini) for 21 positions.

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Call for Job Applications

Client: Joyful Hearts (NGO based in Manzini)

Positions:
Monitoring & Evaluation Offficer: 1 position
Nurses: 3 positions
Environmental Health Officers: 4 positions
Community Linkages Supervisor: 1 position
Community Linkage Officers: 6 positions
Logistics Officer; 1 position
Drivers: 3 positions
Cashier: 1 position
Data Clerk: 1 position

Joyful Hearts Organization (JHO) in Partnership with Ministry of Health (MoH) and its National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) is currently working in Lubombo region implementing “Malaria Elimination in Southern Africa” Project. The project is funded by Global through ADPP Mozambique and have a duration of 17 months starting April 2017 ending 30 August 2018.

The specific objectives of the Grant is to expand access to early diagnosis and treatment of Malaria in Lubombo region at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane and Maphungwane borders area communities as well as for mobile and migrant populations.
In this connection, Joyful Hearts Organization would like to recruit the following staff to employ in the project:

1. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
– Conduct regular visits to project sites to carry out process monitoring as well as gather feedback from the beneficiary community about the implemented projects and submit a detail report about the activities.
– Attend and observe each bidding process prior to grant implementation to ensure transparency on behalf of all stakeholders.
– Organize and attend the Community events and meetings and document proceedings, decisions made and level of community participation
– Compile comprehensive final project evaluations report based on information retrieved from the database and field.
– Draft project specific M&E plans to be included in grant development and also
– Coordinate with Nurse in Charge to obtain clinical data pertinent to each indicator outlined in the project M&E plans at the post completion visit to the project site.
– Identify and document success stories and case studies on extraordinary aspects of the project.
– Support the Supervisor in the collection of additional information from the field as required.
Qualification & Experience:
– Degree in Social Sciences or other related domain
– Minimum of 03 years working experience with project Monitoring and Evaluation, Project development and proposal writing, and implementation of development-type projects.
– S/he should have experience in community participation and consultative-type projects.
– Must have the capacity to understand and analyse national, regional, and local politics, and the creativity and analytical capacity to design and implement grants with the interface between government and communities.
– Fluent writing and speaking skills in English and siSwati as language spoken in the local Communities.
Duty Station
M&E Officer will be based on Manzini with outreach to the malaria Posts and Communities at Lomahasha and Tikhuba. For that s/he must have a valid driving license.

2. Nurses (3)

Duties & Responsibilities:
The nurses will provide core diagnosis and treatment of malaria, as well as a basic package of primary health care as per the nationally defined package by:
– Screen all fever patients for malaria who visit malaria health posts
– Identify and record all suspected cases of malaria, including screening of fevers, and through profiling of high risk groups
– Test suspected cases with rapid diagnostic tests
Qualifications and skills:
– Degree/Diploma in General Nursing;
– Registered with the Swaziland Nursing Council
– Two (2) years of community nursing experience
– Fluent in siSwati and English

Duty Station
The nurses will work at Malaria Posts at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane (Lomahasha) and/or Maphungwane (Tikhuba) with outreach at in community venues. Traveling is required and hours may vary. They will be obliged to lodge and stay in Lobombo region to the proximate Lomahasha during the project implantation period.

3. Environmental Health Officers (4)
Duties & Responsibilities:
Environmental Health Officers will conduct malaria surveillance in the communities. They will track malaria cases that have been diagnosed to analyse if the cases have been imported or are local

Qualifications and skills:
– Degree in Environmental health or public health.
– Strong organizational skills, and interests in environmental effects on health,
– One year of community working experience
– Fluent communication in siSwati and English

Duty Station
Environmental Health officer will work at malaria program as educators or researchers, in outreach teams, at work sites, in malaria post, or in malaria basic. Traveling is required and hours may vary. They will work in community venues and sometimes provide care at malaria post at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane (Lomahasha) and Maphungwane (Tikhuba). They will be obliged to lodge and stay in Lobombo region to the proximate Lomahasha or Siteki during the project implantation period.

4. Community Linkage Supervisor (1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
To provide leadership to field team who make demand creation and oversight that will ensure the quality and integrity of the screening and data.
Qualifications and skills
– Degree Environmental health or public health.
– Strong communication and organizational skills, and interests in environmental effects on health,
– One year of community working experience
– Fluent in siSwati and English
Duty Station
The Community Linkage Supervisor will supervise community demands creation in Lomahasha and Tikhuba Inkhundla. Traveling on motorbikes is required and hours may vary and will be obliged to lodge and stay in Lobombo region to the proximate of Lomahasha or Tikhuba during the project implantation period.

5. Community Linkage Officer (6)

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Community Linkage Officers (CLO) will be responsible for helping communities to navigate and access malaria services and adopt healthy behaviors. Provide social support and informal counselling, and provide services such malaria screening, community outreach and home visits.
Qualification and skills
– High School Certificate;
– Successful completion of Community Health related formal training program which include HTC, Rapid testing and phlebotomy.
– Written and oral fluency in siSwati and English required
– Experience in data collection,
– Originally from Swaziland, preferably originally from Lubombo region, more specifically from Tikhuba and Lomahasha Inkhundla.
Duty Station
They will manage community demands creation at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane (Lomahasha) and Maphungwane (Tikhuba) through a door-to-door approach. They will be obliged and stay in the above mentioned communities during the project implantation period.

6. Logistics officer ( 1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
– On the Malaria Plus site, collaborate with the MoH to maintain adequate stocks of primary health care medicines in accordance with the country’s Basic Package of Primary Health Care commodities requirements through regional supply
– Manage logistics and utilities and equipment maintenance.
– Provide technical and operational support to the field team as well as advice on application of logistics management best practice, systems and procedures.
Qualifications and skills
– Diploma in Supply Chain Management
– Two years work experience in logistics.
– Valid driving license with 3 years’ experience in driving
Duty Station
The Logistic Officer will be based at Joyful Hearts Main Officer Manzini with regular travel to the malaria Post.

7. Drivers (3 )
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Driver is to assist field team in malaria project to fulfill their mission of working by providing safe driving support and general administration and logistical work.
Qualifications and skills
– High School Certificate
– Valid driving license
– Previous experience of at least 5 years driving
– Experience in organization sector.
– Candidates should have some minimum technical knowledge about problems encountered with vehicles in day to day running and how to solve them.
Duty Station
They will work in community venues, sometimes at malaria posts or Main office Manzini. They will be obliged to lodge and stay in Lobombo region to the proximate Lomahasha or Siteki during the project implantation period.

8. Cashier ( 1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Cashier will support the Organization in maintaining high standards of financial system by managing the petty cash, processing and reviewing journal entries and vouchers, maintaining cash transactions and providing support to achieve all Finance Department and audit requirements.
Skills and qualification:
– High School Certificate
– Certificate in accounting and finance;
– Experience in the proper procedures of recording and handling of cash.
Experience in organization sector.
Duty Station
The Cashier will be based at Joyful Hearts Main Officer Manzini.

9. Data Clerk ( 1)
Duties & Responsibilities:
To enter data from various source documents into the computer system for storage, processing and data management purposes.
Qualification and skills
– Diploma in Administration or Management preferably in IT
– Experience of two years in data entry and administrative procedures
– Experience in Microsoft Office packages
Duty Station
The data Clerk will be based at Malaria post at Matfuntini/Kangudvumane (Lomahasha) and is obliged to lodge and stay to the proximate of Lomahasha the project implantation period.

Interested candidates should submit their application with: motivation letter, CV, certified copy of academic certificates, recommendation letter from previous employers to the following address: Joyful Hearts Organization, Recruitment Office, B.O. Box 5056 Manzini via the Post or Hand delivery at the Reception of Joyful Hearts at Manzini, Coats Valley, Jacaranda streets behind Seychelles Embassy. Deadline 2nd May 2017 by 5pm. For more detail on Job Description you may visit our website:www.joyfulheartsorganization.org, For additional clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact our recruitment officer at 7868 2140.

CANGO calls for citizen participation in budget-systems

 

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Introduction

The Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) under the Economic Justice Project notes with concern that the reason why there has been a misunderstanding between Parliament and the Executive is because the national budget systems are still closed to citizens.

While we would like to still congratulate the Minister of Finance, Martin Dlamini, for having delivered a budget amidst the financial difficulties over declining SACU receipts the precipitated Elnino Drought, CANGO would like to reflect on the budget speech and the reaction by Members of Parliament (MPs) over the national budget.

Paying taxes

We applaud the Swazi nation for honouring their national obligation of being responsible citizens who pay their taxes. Whilst it is not easy particularly to individuals facing so many challenges to do, paying taxes is the right thing to do. Taxes have in the last few years seen an increase in domestic revenue, thanks to strategies implemented by the Swaziland Revenue Authority to ensure that this cap is increased.

However, it is not just about paying taxes that should be prioritised. The duty of the government of the day should be to realise that citizens’ demands more for services including access to health, education and water are met. What are of essence, however, are the inclusion of citizens and the openness of budget-formulation systems where the citizens, particular tax payers, would have a say in budgeting.

While MPs felt strongly about influencing the budget to the extent of rejecting it at first for reform, it must be remembered that under the Tinkhundla system of governance, the people they serve are at grassroots level. Unfortunately, the mechanism of involving citizens is at grassroots level is not realised.

The persistence of the problem leaves out also the MPs to get involved in the budget process whereas the global trend is to the effect that governments are now opening up debates to citizens who have views.

While the Executive could be presumed to prepare the budget in line with national priorities   including the National Development Strategy, Poverty Reduction Strategy and Action Plan, Social protection, Sustainable Development Goals, African union Agenda 63 and the SADC Regional Indicative Programme, opening up to the public does not take away its powers.

Deficit

The Hon Minister of Finance’s budget speech stated that the focus of the budget was in “Building Resilience and Boosting future Growth” whilst pursuing His Majesty, King Mswati III’s call for “Rising Above Adversity to create prosperity for all”. The Minister highlighted that the budget has a shortfall of 12.3 per cent of the GDP on projections. The concern we have is that with budget supplementary practices this shortfall is bound to further increase. We therefore urge the Minister of Finance for fiscal discipline and in this regard the Hon Minister should take bold steps to curb wasteful spending including fighting corruption.

Dvula dvula

There should be clear measures how government will spend according to what is available.  The Minister stated that “dvula dvula” were responsible for expanding the budget deficit.  We would like to applaud the Minister for addressing social protection issues by increasing the payment for the elderly, disabled and OVC support extended to secondary schools.

Whilst we would have appreciated an increase up to at least E600 per month for the elderly, we note the financial difficulties the country faces. Going forward, however, government should have social protection programmes which address social inequalities whilst enabling meeting basic needs. These caution wealth which tends to be concentrated in a few hands.

Allocations for drought and disaster relief, water sector, sanitation and earth dams are welcome as well. Other critical sectors such as health and Education were also areas of focus for the country. There is concern though that the country does not meet the 15% allocation for health as per the Abuja Declaration of 2001 and 10% for agriculture under the Maputo Declaration. Should the country fail to invest in agriculture, it could push the country’s hopes of meeting food security further.

Investing in youth

We also note with concern that the RDF and Youth Fund are not sufficiently budgeted for yet we know that over 50% of young people are unemployed. There is a call for countries in Africa to benefit from the young population through proper investment. It is a concern that scholarships continue to be a challenge in particular for students from poor backgrounds. It is time we re-visit the funding model so that the disadvantaged children have access to funding for tertiary education. 

National Security

National security is indeed critical. However, there is need for the country to ensure that the investment is balanced with other pressing national development priorities.

Conclusion

The Economic Justice Programme will further analyse the budget to assist the civil society through AA Budget Forum to understand how the budget will respond to national issues of concern.