In Lesotho, PSI partners with consumers to develop and implement consumer-centered, integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health programs in communities and facilities, increasing reach and access to healthcare for the Basotho populace.
Opened in 2001, PSI Lesotho has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented thousands of HIV infections through its highly impactful and innovative programs, spanning from condom social marketing, sexual and reproductive health, HIV testing and prevention to HIV care and treatment. PSI Lesotho’s community HIV testing programs, including index testing, partner notification services and HIV self-testing, remain a model of efficiency, effectiveness and successful government partnership.
In 2018, PSI Lesotho positively impacted thousands of lives in Lesotho through its products and services, including:
HIV tests distributed
new positive cases of HIV and referred to treatment
Basotho provided with HIV care and treatment services
PSI Lesotho uses innovative community HIV testing methods, including index and self-testing services, to identify the last pockets of unknown positive cases and link them to care and treatment services, serving to eliminate the HIV epidemic in Lesotho. Additionally, PSI Lesotho works with the local military to provide comprehensive HIV services—from prevention with voluntary medical male circumcision and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to testing and to treatment.
Through the DREAMS initiative, PSI Lesotho provides integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services tailored for adolescent girls, young women and their sexual partners in communities and around Catholic facilities in two districts in Lesotho.