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Testing at home

In Lesotho, SolidarMed is testing HIV care at home. Our findings convince the experts and improve patient care.

HIV/Aids is a heavy burden in Lesotho

Lesotho is one of countries most severely affected by HIV. The infection rate is one of the highest in the world, with one in four adults carrying the virus. SolidarMed is fighting the epidemic in the remote villages of the highlands.

Key Facts

  • Project Goal

    The number of new HIV infections is reduced.

  • Target Groups

    The population in the highlands of Lesotho. Every fourth adult is infected with HIV.

  • Milestones

    Home-based HIV testing is accepted, the number of new HIV infections is decreased.

Key Facts

Lesotho

Lesotho

Karte Afrika

HIV drugs are effective enough today to stop the HIV epidemic. But the best therapy is of little use if those affected cannot easily access it. In mountainous Lesotho, the nearest clinic is several hours' walk or an expensive taxi ride away. In response, SolidarMed is testing the simplest and best way to reach and treat people with HIV.

In the two districts of Butha Buthe and Mokhotlong, SolidarMed visits remote villages with specially trained teams. People are offered an HIV test at home and can start antiretroviral therapy immediately if needed.

SolidarMed counsellors answer all questions about HIV and antiretroviral therapy before the HIV test.

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

Gespanntes Warten auf das Testresultat.

Viele Bergdörfer sind massiv unterversorgt. Sie verfügen weder über Strom- noch Strassenanschluss. Der Weg zum nächsten Gesundheitszentrum ist weit und nur zu Fuss erreichbar.

SolidarMed health workers visit the people at home in their villages.

People with HIV who are in treatment can lead a fairly normal life and are no longer infectious to their partners or unborn children.

By offering self-testing in remote villages of both districts, the SolidarMed teams also reach young people, men and migrant workers. If they had to make the long and arduous journey to the nearest health centre, they would all too often not let themselves be tested.

Treatment begins the same day

Those testing positive can start antiretroviral therapy the same day. Initial evaluations have shown that by offering home-based tests and an immediate start to therapy, SolidarMed reaches 25 percent more patients.

Every year, SolidarMed measures how many HIV viral particles remain in a patients' blood. If this number is low, it means the treatment is working. It also means that the risk of infecting others is very low too. Successful treatment is also prevention. This leads to a lasting reduction in the number of new infections.

SRF mitenand, 23.12.2018. SolidarMed bringt den HIV-Test nach Hause.

«The World Health Organisation estimates that 15'000 people were newly infected with HIV in 2017 alone. Lesotho's infection rate of 23,8 % is one of the highest worldwide.»

Niklaus Labhardt, President of SolidarMed

HIV patients are more susceptible to tuberculosis as well. To prevent this disease from becoming life-threatening for those affected, SolidarMed trains the staff in the health facilities. 

Your donation is effective

Thanks to your valuable donation, our local staff can test people for HIV directly in their homes. And if the result is positive, the therapy can begin on the same day. Thank you very much!

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mitenand Beitrag, Dezember 2016 | Lesotho ist das Land mit der zweithöchsten HIV-Ansteckungsrate der Welt.