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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.

Mountain kingdom

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

  • HIV prevalence

    24% (every 4th HIV positive)

  • Doctors per 10'000 persons

    0.7 (Switzerland: 44)

Lesotho in Numbers



Karte Afrika

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.

A school girl shows off her finger prick. In remote mountain villages, SolidarMed tests people for HIV and offers immediate treatment.

HIV treatment in hospitals alone does not reach many people.

Tests are performed during home visits. If the result is positive, patients can start treatment without delay and on site.

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

Programmes Lesotho

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.

Your donation is effective

With your valuable donation, we can test more people in the highlands of Lesotho for HIV and tuberculosis and protect the health of mothers and their young children. Thank you very much!

SRF mitenand, 23.12.2018. SolidarMed brings the HIV test home.

 Das Landesprogramm Lesotho wird durch den Programmbeitrag der DEZA mitfinanziert.

Further Reading

SolidarMed in Lesotho - Dossier Aids, Lesotho, afrika

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