The search for Lesotho’s most vulnerable families
HA TŠEPO, Lesotho, 28 November 2017 – A cloud of yellow dust blows into the group sitting on the ground at the village centre. Toddlers run, legs wobbly, to bury their faces in the open arms of their mothers, as the women pull down kerchiefs to protect their eyes. But community mobilizer Tlaleng Maimane keeps talking.
Agents of change: Children in Lesotho bring improved sanitation from classrooms to communities
QHOLAQHOE, Lesotho, 27 September 2017 – The road to Qholaqhoe High School, perched on an isolated mountaintop in northern Lesotho, is long and rocky. Here and there, a peach tree blossoms pink or white against the drought-parched yellow hills. Dotted between the aluminum-sided shacks and the round thatched-roof houses is the occasional backyard gravestone.
In rural Lesotho, reaching communities with basic services
MORIJA, Lesotho, 20 January 2016 – In the mountainous country of Lesotho, a 68-year-old grandmother arrives at the Ha Toloane primary school in the town of Morija. Her 3-year-old grandson is safely tucked in a traditional blanket draped around her shoulders, her stance and attire reminiscent of a caped super hero.
Food crisis aggravates the already massive social challenges Lesotho faces
VAN ROOI, Lesotho, 28 November 2012 – Since losing her two daughters to HIV/AIDS – “this disease which is affecting everyone,” she says – 75-year-old Puseletso Tsiu has been forced to eke out a living for herself and her three orphaned grandchildren by doing piecework.
In Lesotho, reaching all pregnant women with health services to eliminate paediatric HIV infections
PHELINDABA, Lesotho, 30 May 2012 – Thato* and her husband Thabang Peli* are both living with HIV. They are healthy, thanks to the antiretroviral therapy that they take regularly. And thanks to preventative therapies, both of their sons, ages 5 years and 9 months, were born free from the virus.
With EU and UNICEF support, Lesotho puts in place a social protection programme for the most vulnerable
MATSIENG, Lesotho, 18 January 2012 – Once, the royal village of Matsieng, in the Kingdom of Lesotho, was en-dowed with huge tracts of land, plentiful livestock, and people to work the land, recalled Mampho Tumane. It was a village where the elderly and children were well provided for, but this is not the case anymore, she said.
Mentors play vital role in preventing HIV transmission from mother to child
TEYATEYANENG, Lesotho, 30 November 2011—The harsh, icy rain is no deterrent for a motivated Manady Rapopo when it comes to checking in on expectant mother Puleng Hae in the small town of Teyateyaneng in Lesotho.
UNICEF provides support to struggling families in Lesotho through cash transfers
MASERU, Lesotho, 16 November 2011 -The tremors of the global economic slow-down have reached Matiisetso Ntlale’s granary in the mountains of Lesotho. A half-full 25kg bag of corn, a head of cabbage and a near empty bottle of cooking oil, make up the entire contents of her storeroom. These should miraculously last her and her three grandchildren for the next three weeks as breakfast, lunch and supper.
Peer leaders take the initiative on HIV prevention among young people in Lesotho
LERIBE, Lesotho, 25 August 2011 – To a rousing welcome, Limpho Moleleko, 15, takes her place at the centre of the large circle. At just under 150 cm, she is not a tall girl, yet she evidently commands great respect among her peers, who range from 11 to 15 years of age. They listen attentively to what she has to say.
Exclusive breastfeeding ensures a healthy life for Lesotho’s children
TEYATEYANENG, Lesotho, 22 August 2011 – Malefu Kobisi, 28, is a proud mother of a bouncing seven-month-old baby girl, Qenehelo. For the first six months of Qenehelo life, her mother religiously fed her child with only breast milk - a practice known as exclusive breast feeding.
Prime Minister launches UNICEF-supported free and compulsory education campaign in Lesotho
MASERU, Lesotho, 16 June 2011 – Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and UNICEF Representative in Lesotho Ahmed Magan have been backing a new nationwide campaign to boost school enrolment in the African nation.
Innovative programme aims to halt the spread of HIV in Lesotho
BOTHA BOTHE DISTRICT, Lesotho, 23 February 2011 - Maseephephe Phakoa, 25, is pregnant for the third time. She plans to name her child Onkarabile, meaning, “God has answered my prayers.”
'Mother-Baby Pack' model helps prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in Lesotho
LESOTHO, 19 July 2010 – Malekena George lives in a rural area in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho. Four months ago, she set out on a trip to a distant clinic, determined to protect the health of her unborn child.
New campaign to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Lesotho
BEREA DISTRICT, Lesotho, 16 March 2010 – Malekena George is eight months pregnant, living with HIV, and exhausted from the five-hour trek she endured to get here, to the Pilot Health Clinic, for her first antenatal check-up. But because her journey to the clinic was so difficult, this visit may also be her last.
UNICEF Executive Director launches 'Facts for Life' in Lesotho
MASERU, Lesotho, 9 April 2010 – During a visit to Lesotho, a country entirely landlocked by South Africa, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman this week launched ‘Facts for Life’, a publication that delivers life-saving information to families and communities on how to prevent child and maternal deaths, diseases, injuries and violence.
Lesotho cash-grants pilot programme aims to ensure vulnerable children’s rights
LEBAKENG, Lesotho, 18 November 2009 – Mapalesa Sebatanyane, 73, is the primary caregiver for her four grandchildren, but she struggles to feed them with the small income she earns raising chickens in this remote village.
Lesotho makes progress in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
MASERU, Lesotho, 30 September 2009 – With nearly a quarter of its adult population living with HIV, the Kingdom of Lesotho has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.
New programme provides grants for orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho
MAFETENG, Lesotho 24 April 2009 – In the face of growing vulnerability and chronic poverty among children, the Government of Lesotho has launched a ‘Child Grants’ programme that will provide a regular and unconditional quarterly payment of about $38 to orphans and other vulnerable children, or OVC.
Insuring widespread access to treatment for HIV in Lesotho
MASERU, Lesotho, 3 February 2009 – In 2005, only about 20 children in Lesotho were receiving antiretroviral treatment. Three years later, a UNICEF partnership with Baylor College of Medicine’s International Pediatric AIDS Initiative has given treatment to nearly 2,500 children.
In Lesotho, mothers living with HIV tell their stories
MASERU, Lesotho, 21 October 2008 – In this small kingdom in Southern Africa – which has the third-highest HIV prevalence rate in the world, at 23 per cent – one in three pregnant women in antenatal care is living with the virus. At any given time, thousands of babies are at risk of contracting HIV as it passes from mother to child during pregnancy or birth.
UNICEF nominee Paul Farmer receives CDC Foundation Hero Award
NEW YORK, USA, 10 October 2008 – Dr. Paul Farmer, a tireless activist, researcher and public health practitioner whose organization, Partners in Health, provides community-based care for millions of people throughout the developing world, has received the 2008 Hero Award from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.
UNICEF-supported clinic offers hope to those living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho
MASERU, Lesotho, 4 June 2008 — In Lesotho, a country in deep poverty with one of the world’s highest rates of HIV and AIDS, Kananelo, 7, arrives with his grandfather at the UNICEF-supported Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence.
Toll-free child helpline to support children in Lesotho
MASERU, Lesotho, 2 May 2008 – In a monumental effort to reinforce its commitments towards children and their protection, the Government of Lesotho launched the first-ever national Child Helpline last month.
Lesotho: New guidelines set for care of orphans and vulnerable children
MASERU, Lesotho, 17 March 2006 – The increasing rate at which children are being orphaned and abandoned in Lesotho has called for concerted action to regulate institutions that purport to be taking care of children.
Lesotho: Road show provides entertainment and HIV/AIDS education
QACHAS NECK, Lesotho, 18 January 2005 – It is rush hour on the Senqu River. A line of children snake down the mountainside and bundle into the metal rowing boat that will take them across the river. The boat slides with the rushing current and the young children pile out on the other side. They might have come here for fun – but they’ll end up leaving with knowledge that could help save their lives.