Health Care

Lesotho is one of the countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS. In 2017, UNAIDS estimated the number of people infected at 320,000, or nearly 25 per cent of the population. The impacts of this situation are terrible, most notably by making one quarter of the children orphans.

Which explains the national effort to deal with this scourge. It is estimated that more than 50% of the country’s hospitals belong to the Church and that a high percentage of care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS in the country is done by religious organizations such as ours.

In addition to the HIV/AIDS crisis, are all of the issues connected to the extreme poverty of the Basotho families. It is estimated that 40% of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition. In addition, food insecurity has become a recurring problem. Repetitive drought patterns in southern Africa have severely affected Lesotho, of which only 9 percent or arable land is set aside for subsistence agriculture.

Over the years, we have created numerous dispensaries and clinics to provide health care and maternity clinics. And we continue our work in many institutions and some hospitals today.

Here is an overview of a few of them.

St. Rose Health Centre

The motto of our St. Rose Health Center is a reflection of our approach:


In the context of Lesotho, struggling with the ravages of HIV/AIDS and food insecurity, a source of several illnesses, our clinic offers a wide range of services to the population, especially to women and children.

These include:

  • Prenatal health services
  • Follow-ups pregnant mothers
  • Accompaniment for mothers and babies to monitor the child’s growth and stop malnutrition as soon as possible
  • Immunization services (vaccination) to prevent diseases such as measles, poliomyelitis, tetanus in children under one year of age. There is also a prevention program for ringworm and blindness for children 6 months to 5 years old through tablets.
  • HIV awareness and prevention programs designed to prevent mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, while encouraging people to take appropriate measures to avoid being infected by the virus, etc.
  • HIV testing services that allow people to quickly know their status and get timely treatment
  • A specific program for the prevention and follow-up of cervical cancer, especially among HIV-positive women
  • Tuberculosis-related services including screening and awareness programs on health measures, as well as TB care and appropriate medications

Our health center also distributes all medications needed to treat patients after consultation or for regular follow-ups. Among the most common medications are anti-retrovirals and drugs for hypertension and diabetes.

Peka, Leribe, Lesotho

Little Flower Health Centre

The Little Flower Health Center has had a new site since January 2014. The center serves some 30 villages with an estimated target population of approximately 18,120 people, of whom 9,288 are women of childbearing age. There are approximately 2,392 people under the age of five.

The clinic is mainly oriented towards health services for children and maternity. This Catholic health facility has been owned by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) since its inception in 1961. At that time, it was known as the St. Rose Health Center and it essentially offered health services to children under five. We followed the weight and nutrition of the children.

The number of children has since grown enormously. In 2014 a businessman, known as Dare, helped by offering the sisters a home that could better meet the needs of this ever-growing clientele.

This Catholic health facility plays an important role in the region.

Kolonyama, Lesotho

Maryland Health Centre

Open to all patients, regardless of their beliefs and conditions, the Maryland Health Center is dedicated to providing quality health services to the entire community of Leribe District.

This non-profit organization is owned and run by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), a Catholic religious congregation. Its motto is:

“Be of one heart and one mind in the service of the community and remain a illuminating candle in the world.”

It strives to provide quality health care without discrimination. Its caregivers act in respect for each person. In the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country, the clinic has taken an approach to encourage people to get tested.

Always with respect for each person, we take the time to educate people on the aspects of this disease and the medical consequences of refusing treatment. We seek to provide all relevant information to enable each person to make an informed decision.

The Maryland Health Center was established in 1957 to address a significant need for health services in the District of Leribe.
Leribe, Lesotho

Paki Health Centre

The Paki Health Center is recognized for the excellent quality of services offered to the Basotho population. It is the result of the teamwork of 33 staff members: nurses, counselors and others, including those from NGOs.

The creation of this center is a direct spin-off of the Nursing School that the SNJMs have set up in Lesotho. This school has trained many nurses and health care workers. The presence of these well-trained people has enabled existing dispensaries and clinics to benefit from their skills and as well as encouraging some local communities to build a center, as was the case for the Paki Health Center.

The purpose of this dispensary is to provide primary health care and immunization services to the people of Mazenod. It currently serves about twenty villages with some 14,000 inhabitants.

The services offered to the population are varied. There is maternal and child health care, assisted delivery, direct patient service, antiretroviral surveillance and screening. The Center has set up four health posts that are visited four times a month.

The challenges of health clinics such as Paki often come from the difficulties of supplying antiretrovirals and complementary products. In a country devastated by AIDS, this problem affects the services offered. Currently, the center has more than 2,000 patients on antiretroviral therapy.

The facility receives government financial assistance that essentially pays for nursing and medication costs.
Ha Paki, Mazenod, Lesotho

We are also involved in these other health care facilities.

Dispensary – Mission Ste-Thérèse, BELA BELA
Dispensary – Convent of Mazenod, MAZENOD
Dispensary / Maternity Clinic – Maryland Convent, LERIBE
Hospital – Seminary of Ste-Thérèse, ROMA
Dispensary – Convent of Sebetia, SEBETIA
Dispensary – Convent of Ste-Bernadette, MASERU
Infirmary – Convent of ‘Mabathoana, MASERU
House Ste-Angela – Abia, MASERU
Dispensary – Marie-Rose Convent, Mangaung Village, QWA QWA, South Africa