With support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF provided safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene messages to 15,897 drought-affected people in 5 districts, from January to September 2017. Since the start of the DFID-funded programme in July 2016 and up to September 2017, a total of 131,267 people (51% female) gained access to WASH services in 33 communities, 25 primary schools and 4 health centres in 5 districts (Berea, Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka, Quthing and Botha Bothe).
Zakaria Pulumo’s house overlooks scenic valleys and horizons, in Ha Lebele Village. And, even with the vegetation suffering the consequences of drought, the landscape of this part of Mafeteng district remains attractive. But 54-year-old Pulumo has more pressing necessities than the picturesque scenery.
Hygiene has been one of the community’s major challenges: due to lack of proper toilets, many local residents have had to resort to open defecation. They have also struggled to gain access to clean water, and to keep waterborne diseases at bay.
World Bank Approves $10 Million For Smallholder Agriculture Development
WASHINGTON, September 29, 2017 – Today, the World Bank approved a $10 million additional financing from the International Development Association (IDA)* to Lesotho’s ongoing Smallholder Agriculture Development Project (SADP). The added funds are aimed at increasing market output among smallholders in Lesotho’s agriculture sector.
Maseru, 28 September 2017— Lesotho will continue to experience devastating droughts and food crises unless there is a dramatic increase in investment in community-level resilience and preparedness.
Stable acute food insecurity outcomes expected to continue across most of Lesotho
36,500 people in Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek received food support from USAID/PEPFAR under the categories of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, people receiving antiretroviral therapy or treatment for tuberculosis and orphans and vulnerable children.
11,166 children aged 6-23 months in Mokhotlong,
Thaba-Tseka, and Mohale’s Hoek received super cereal plus under the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme.
On 22 September 2017, H. E. Dr. Sun Xianghua, the Ambassador of P. R. China to Lesotho attended the agricultural donation ceremony by the China-Lesotho People to People Friendship Action Fund (CLPPFA) to the vulnerable farmers in Maseru. Hon. Keketso Sello, Minister of Mining, Hon. Lehlohonolo Moramotse, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Hon. Chalane Phori, Minister of Small Business, Cooperatives and Marketing, Hon. Thabo Sofonia, MP of Thaba Bosiu Constituency, Mr.
LATEST SURVEY RESULTS FROM ICAP SHOW LESOTHO’S SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS WITH HIV VIRAL LOAD SUPPRESSION AND STABILIZATION OF UGANDA’S PREVIOUSLY EXPANDING EPIDEMIC
USAID/PEPFAR funded distributions continued in the districts of Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek covering a total of 36,500 people in July.
The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) currently faces a significant funding shortfall with recovery activities planned to continue until December 2017.
Change in government and the appointment of new Principal Secretaries is likely to impact the implementation of WFP activities.
MASERU – The Japanese government has contributed US$1.1 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) food assistance to some 61,000 food insecure children in Lesotho.
A ceremony in Maseru yesterday marked the contribution from Japan, which will be used to provide a highly nutritious porridge for some 11,000 children under the age of two in Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka and Mohale’s Hoek. The contribution will also provide a hot and nutritious daily meal for an additional 50,000 children attending early childhood care and development centres across Lesotho.
Stable food security outcomes prevail in Lesotho
• The relief assistance distributions continued as planned immediately after the country’s general elections. June marks the end of relief interventions.
• The Humanitarian Country Team in Lesotho organised a Media Breakfast and a Media Field Trip.
• The manual to make Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) nutrition sensitive was developed by stakeholders.
The effects of the 2015 El-Nino induced drought lasted well into 2017, and affected a quarter of Lesotho’s population of 2.2 million.
A US$20 million Social Assistance Project received an additional US$20 million from the Bank as part of the emergency response.
Cash top-ups of 500 maloti (about US$38) per household helped parents put food on the table and keep their children at school.
UNICEF, with support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), continues to provide safe drinking water to drought-affected populations. Construction work and mobilization has commenced in four drought-affected districts to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene messages to targeted 17,000 people including 7,160 children (3,650 girls);
Since January 2017, 685 children (375 boys and 310 girls) have been admitted and treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM);
This report is produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Lesotho in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the Humanitarian Country Team. It covers the period from 31 May 2017 up to 7 August 2017.