AIDS Healthcare Foundation began supporting HIV/AIDS treatment and care in 2013, when it opened the Katlehong LMPS Clinic in Maseru City through a tripartite partnership with the Lesotho Mounted Police Service and the country’s Ministry of Health. In addition to serving members of the LMPS and their families, AHF Lesotho also serves the general public through the full-service clinic. Prevention services offered through the Katlehong clinic include HIV testing, free condom distribution, voluntary medical male circumcision, counseling on reducing sexually risky behavior, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV-negative people who think they may have been exposed to the virus.
In addition to preventing new infections, the clinic also offers comprehensive specialized and general care to HIV-positive clients of all ages, including pre-ART (antiretroviral therapy) care including treatment for opportunistic infections and sexually transmitted diseases; laboratory testing; psychological support; adherence counseling; nutrition assessment, counseling and support; family planning; adolescent sexual and reproductive health; and care for exposed infants. Cutting-edge treatment for HIV/AIDS – including antiretroviral therapy, treatment as prevention for the HIV-positive partner in a sero-discordant relationship, and management of co-infections of tuberculosis and HIV – is offered alongside specialized healthcare for mothers and newborns. Basic primary healthcare needs are also met through this clinic, including immunizations, growth monitoring, de-worming, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and treatment of common infections.
AHF-Lesotho support 12 Christian Health Association of Lesotho(CHAL) facilities in Maseru,Mafeteng,Berea and Leribe districts. In Leribe,through Maputsoe SDA Health Centre where a census of 3306 patients on ART AHF constructed a ART wing where all HIV/AIDs services are provided.
Other partnership is with Lesotho Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (LENEPWHA) through a Provider-Initiated Testing and Counseling (PITC) in 10 facilities in Maseru district.In addition,AHF has established partnerships with other organizations and provide sector to implement advocacy and policy initiatives,like Style up(Girls ACT and Boys2Men),a campaign aimed at providing information to the youth on Sexual reproductive health.
Sources: UNAIDS 2016 estimates, CIA World Factbook 2016, https://phia.icap.columbia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Lesotho-Summary-Sheet_A188.8.131.52.HR_.pdf
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