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.