The third edition of the State of the Environment Report (SOER) is published under the theme “Restoring the Environment for a Climate Resilient Economy’’. This theme considers the country’s strategic goals to rebuild the economy from the effects of COVID-19.
Tobacco-related illnesses cost the economy of the Kingdom of Eswatini up to SZL684 million per year, equivalent to 1.1% of its GDP. This is revealed by a report developed by the Ministry of Health, UNDP, the Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and WHO.
The policy response to this unprecedented crisis calls for a holistic approach that involves the government working in close partnership with all sectors and citizenry. It requires managing the immediate health and socioeconomic shocks to achieve sustained recovery. It also involves making difficult decisions to balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19 while also maintaining essential health services delivery and helping to mitigate the risk of a health systems collapse. Nevertheless, this profound health, socioeconomic and humanitarian crisis offers an unparalleled opportunity to review past government practices and priorities. As humanity transits to a post COVID-19 world, Eswatini cannot continue business as usual.