The fragile ecosystem of poverty: A trip to Swaziland

By Shalini Ponnampalam, Daffodil Anton, Kate Drummond & Madeline Tickle

Throughout the first few weeks of February, four medical students from Monash University volunteered in the Sub-Saharan African country of Swaziland. Swaziland is a landlocked nation nestled within the borders of South Africa and Mozambique where 87% of the population live in desolate, rural and remote regions, 63% in extreme situations of poverty (World Bank, 2016).

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