Jhpiego has been working in Lesotho since 2008, assisting the Ministry of Health (MOH) to address the national HIV/AIDS epidemic. Currently, Jhpiego is collaborating with the Government of Lesotho to:
- Scale up high-quality voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and early infant male circumcision (EIMC) services, and introduce the PrePex circumcision device at four selected sites (under the Technical Support to Enhance HIV/AIDS Prevention and Opportunities in Nursing Education [TSEPO or “hope” in Sesotho] project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development).
- Strengthen clinical education of nursing and midwifery students and teaching practices of faculty and preceptors by expanding the primary health care clinical placement program to all six nurses’ training institutions, and work closely with Lesotho Nursing Council to strengthen regulatory capacity including piloting VMMC/EIMC task sharing to nurses (also under the TSEPO project).
- Collaborate with the DREAMS initiative to complete a study on male partners of adolescent girls and young women to provide more access to pre-exposure prophylaxis to these girls and young women (supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).
- Pilot a stand-alone male clinic to provide HIV and other services to men (supported by Jhpiego).
- Expand TB/HIV services in facilities through a mentorship program, while also reaching key populations like youth, the elderly and factory workers through outreach (in collaboration with support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria).
- Test and treat inmates at prisons for HIV and TB in five districts, including Butha-Buthe, Thaba-Tseka, Quthing, Qacha’s Nek and Mokhotlong (funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation).
For a complete description of Jhpiego’s work in this country, click the link below.