Partners In Health

Lesotho suffers from the third-highest rate of HIV infection in the world—almost one-quarter of the adult population is estimated to be HIV-positive. By some estimates, average life expectancy is less than 40 years. Lesotho’s steep mountains and harsh weather also restrict access to health services for many people. Many patients must walk an average of three to five hours over steep terrain to reach medical facilities.

PIH/Lesotho (PIH/L), launched in 2006 at the invitation of Lesotho’s government and in consultation with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, works to improve the health of eight remote mountain communities, providing integrated services for maternal and child health, HIV, and tuberculosis, while managing the national program to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The program brings health care to nearly 200,000 people.

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