According to the UNAIDS Lesotho report, over 70% of pregnant women living with HIV have access to HIV treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus, which has resulted in a 60% decline in new HIV infections among children between the ages of zero and 14 since 2000.
The latest data from the Lesotho HIV and Health situation room, on the other hand, shows that Lesotho is close to having 200,000 people on HIV treatment with new HIV infections falling by 45% between the years 2000 and 2017 due to Lesotho’s adoption of a people-centred approach in its response to ensure that no one is left behind.
The Minister of Health, Mr. Nkaku Kabi said the Lesotho HIV and Health situation room is a major step forward for Lesotho in terms of getting the evidence needed to focus interventions in the right locations and on the right population whilst also helping to deliver more efficient and timely services and improve the health of Basotho. The innovative new tool to track progress and identify gaps in HIV, TB, and maternal health programming is Lesotho and developed by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNAIDS with the support of the Swedish Government also uses the data to enable the adaptation, strengthening, and focusing programmes where they are most needed.
On this note, the Ministry of Health and its partners, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (through the University Research Company) have since 2015 embarked on strengthening laboratory diagnosis and monitoring programmes to scale up and improve HIV and AIDS care and treatment services in Lesotho to attain the set targets of the National Laboratory Strategic Plan (NLSP 2013-18).
The project covers all laboratories at national, regional, district, and health centre levels and focuses on increasing access to diagnosis and monitoring services through decentralisation and scaling up of cost-effective technologies and on overall quality improvement of services, which will contribute towards improving national HIV/AIDS care and treatment services.