Research & Facts

  • Swaziland ranks 141 out of 186 countries in the UNDP Human Development Index; 63 percent of Swazis live below the poverty line, surviving on less than $1.25 a day.
  • A Survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2005 to 2013 found 31 percent of children under five were stunted because of food malnutrition.
  • Sixty-five percent of Swazi children are not able to attend school.
  • Over ten percent of households in Swaziland are child-lead. Food is becoming the new currency among children that have only their bodies to offer.
  • Swaziland’s population is 1.1 million people (2013 records).  52 percent of the population is under the age of 20 years and 79 percent of the people live in rural areas.
  • Forty-six percent (552,000 people) are infected with HIV/Aids.  Many pastors are performing funerals every weekend.
  • Children die by age 3 if born w/ HIV.
  • Fifty-seven percent of kids 15-23 yrs are HIV positive.
  • If a child reaches 15, they have a six percent chance to make it to age 30.
  • Because of HIV/Aids there are over 200,000 orphans and vulnerable children.  Most have no one to protect them or their future.
  • There are only 2,000 hospital beds in the entire country.


Through Beyond Survival, we're working to change these statistics.