World Bank-Managed Fund Invests in Swaziland's Maternal and Child Health Programs

The Japan Social Development Fund granted $2.57 million to improve maternal and child health in Swaziland. The country's maternal mortality ratio is 589 per 100,000 births, more than fourfold the target of 140. The

, which manages the fund, said the project will focus on the Lubombo region, where almost 69 percent of the population live below the poverty line.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.