Sie verwenden einen veralteten Browser. Bitte aktualisieren Sie Ihren Browser, um Ihre Erfahrung und Sicherheit zu verbessern.


Lesotho is a small mountainous country surrounded by South Africa. SolidarMed delivers medical care to remote villages in the north of the country.

A mountainous country in the middle of South Africa

Lesotho has the world’s second-highest HIV prevalence rate, with more than a fifth of adults HIV-positive. At the same time, non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and mental disorders are rising rapidly. In remote mountain communities in particular, people have scant access to healthcare.

Key facts

  • Maternal mortality

    544 deaths per 100,000 live births

  • Under-5 mortality rate

    90 deaths per 1,000 live births

  • HIV prevalence in the adult population

    21% (1 in 5 is HIV-positive)

  • Doctors per 10,000 population

    4.7 (Switzerland: 44)

Key facts



Karte Afrika

SolidarMed in Lesotho

For several decades, SolidarMed has been working to deliver better medical care to Lesotho’s remote mountain communities. Due to the high number of people infected, SolidarMed focuses on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. At the same time, non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and mental disorders are a growing priority.

Medical care for remote mountain communities

By means of mobile clinics and community health workers, SolidarMed delivers medical care to the remotest communities in the two districts of Butha-Buthe and Mokhotlong, reaching people who would not be able to make the sometimes arduous journey to the nearest health centre. This includes pregnant women and older people.

This grandmother walked to the mobile clinic with her grandchildren to get them vaccinated.

The peer educators meet once a month at the youth centre to exchange ideas and experiences and to learn from one another.

A community health worker educates a mother and her adult son about diabetes.

At the monthly meetings at the youth centre in Mokhotlong, peer educators share their experiences.

40% of people in Lesotho live in areas that are difficult to access.

Protecting adolescents

Poverty leads young women in the Mokhotlong District to get involved with older men working in the mines and construction. This results in unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and major psychological stress. SolidarMed improves access to sexual and reproductive services for adolescents and provides psychosocial support through youth centres and awareness campaigns.


Pauline Grimm PhD

Programme Lesotho

Tel. +41 41 310 66 60

Projects in Lesotho

SolidarMed ensures that people in remote villages also receive medical care.

Your donation makes a difference

Your valuable donation allows us to deliver medical care to people in the mountains of Lesotho. Thank you so much!

News about our projects in Lesotho


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Learn more

Bracelet of Hope

Learn more
Logo Swiss TPH

Swiss TPH | University of Basel

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Learn more
Load more