The small mountain kingdom of Lesotho is one of the poorest countries in the world. SolidarMed focusses on combating HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malnutrition among children. And on improving primary health care in rural areas.
In the small mountain kingdom of Lesotho, more than 57 percent of the population live below the poverty line. The HIV rate is the second highest in the world: every fourth adult is HIV positive. 665 out of 100 000 people are infected with tuberculosis. Given the size of Lesotho's population, this is the highest rate worldwide. Winters are snowy and cold, the mountains high and barren. It is hard to grow food.
Lesotho in Numbers
Maternal mortality rate
487 deaths per 100'000 births
Infant mortality under 5 years of age
90 deaths per 1,000 births
24% (every 4th HIV positive)
Doctors per 10'000 persons
0.7 (Switzerland: 44)
Lesotho in Numbers
SolidarMed in Lesotho
SolidarMed is a reliable partner for health in Lesotho. We've supported mountain hospitals and their surrounding health centres for many decades. One focus of the programme in Lesotho is to ensure that HIV patients receive high-quality treatment and to prevent an additional infection with tuberculosis through prevention, early diagnosis and therapy.
Diagnosis and treatment of HIV in remote mountain villages
SolidarMed brings the HIV test and life-saving therapy to the most remote villages in both Butha Buthe and Mokhotlong districts. This way, we reach those who struggle to access a health centre to be tested. Like men and young people who have not yet been tested for HIV. We also improve primary health care in both districts with a focus on better care for mothers, newborn babies and children.
Training nurses and village health workers
SolidarMed trains nurses, village health workers and traditional healers in proper nutrition for infants and young children. This also includes information material for pregnant women and mothers. SolidarMed is a respected partner of the Ministry of Health and makes an important contribution to better health care in Lesotho.
Pauline Grimm PhD
Tel. +41 41 310 66 60
Our projects in Lesotho
SolidarMed effectively combats the HIV epidemic in Lesotho and ensures that malnourished children are treated. Read more here.
Das Landesprogramm Lesotho wird durch den Programmbeitrag der DEZA mitfinanziert.