LESOTHO


Lesotho may be one of the smallest countries in Africa, yet large distances between communities and health centres and lack of transport can deter women and their families from accessing essential medical care. To help overcome this, mothers2mothers (m2m) provides integrated services in both health centres and communities in five districts of Lesotho with high burdens of HIV /AIDS—Maseru, Mafeteng, Leribe, Mohale’s Hoek, and Berea.

m2m Mentor Mothers conduct door-to-door visits to help identify women and families who have not received medical services or dropped out of care. They link them to Mentor Mothers at health centres, who support them to access care and stay on treatment. Furthermore, Mentor Mothers work closely with health facility staff on monthly outreach programmes that bring medical services to people living in remote areas.

m2m Lesotho is the first country programme to be digital at all of our locations. Our mHealth client management tools have not only streamlined client tracking at both the health facility and in the community, but have also made it easier for community-based Mentor Mothers to access important health information on every household they visit.

 

Programme Snapshot: (As at December 2017)
Programme Inception2007
Adult HIV prevalence*23.8%
Locations (incl. clinics and nearby communities)56
Mentor Mothers 314
New clients enrolled93,726
Country DirectorFrida Kabaso

“mothers2mothers has been a partner and friend and we greatly appreciate
the value they are adding to controlling the HIV epidemic in Lesotho.”

– Matsitso Mohoanyane, Paediatric HIV and AIDS Manager,
Ministry of Health Lesotho

* UNAIDS Country Fact Sheet, 2017