News & Analysis: Eswatini

Eswatini’s premier tests positive for coronavirus

“Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced on Sunday. ‘I wish to inform the Nation that I have tested positive for COVID-19,’ Dlamini said in a statement.”

via Anadolu Agency

China’s COVID-19 Donations Go to 53, Not All 54 African Countries

“Chinese diplomats and state-run media outlets used to highlight how COVID-19 donations were sent to all 54 African countries across the continent. Although they’ve not confirmed which country is now off the list, most likely it’s the tiny land-locked kingdom of Eswatini that maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan instead of China.”

via China-Africa

Kenya, Eswatini mourn loss of doctors due to COVID-19

“Kenya and Eswatini on Friday announced the first deaths of doctors on the front lines of the novel coronavirus pandemic, local media reported. The deceased Kenyan doctor was the 39-year-old mother of 13-year-old twins.”

via Anadolu Agency

IMF Executive Board Approves US$110.4 Million in Emergency Support to The Kingdom of Eswatini to Address The COVID-19 Pandemic

“The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund approved the Kingdom of Eswatini’s request for emergency financial assistance of SDR78.5 million (about US$110.4 million, 100 percent of quota) under the Rapid Financing Instrument to meet the urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via IMF

Eswatini: Cabinet in isolation in COVID-19 scare

“Cabinet ministers in the southern African nation of Eswatini (Swaziland) are going into isolation after one was found to have COVID-19. Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe, the public works and transport minister, had gone into isolation under doctor’s supervision.”

via Anadolu Agency

Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Unite fly crucial medical supplies into Africa

“Virgin Group, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Unite – the Virgin Group’s not-for-profit Foundation – are supporting UNICEF and the World Food Programme-led Global Common Supply Chain Services Provision by donating a special cargo flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg, delivering essential PPE equipment for frontline health workers into Eswatini and Mozambique”

via Virgin Atlantic

Lessons from the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic in Africa

“While both the pandemic of 1918 and COVID-19 are respiratory diseases largely spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, the two pandemics are different in important ways. The H1N1 influenza strain of 1918 had a very short incubation period—just 1 to 2 days—whereas the coronavirus incubation can stretch up to 2 weeks, and its spread is facilitated by asymptomatic carriers.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Taiwan sends medical team to Eswatini to help fight coronavirus

“The four-member medical team, nicknamed “Taiwan We Go Team,” from the Taipei Medical University Hospital (TMUH) arrived in eSwatini on May 1 and has been working with a local hospital designated to treat coronavirus patients.”

via Taiwan News

World Bank Group Provides Financing to Eswatini for COVID-19

“To assist the Kingdom of Eswatini in its efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19, the World Bank Group today approved $6 million in health emergency funding for a project that will help strengthen the country’s health system preparedness to respond to this and potential future emergencies.”

via World Bank