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.
The Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) conducted the annual vulnerability assessment in June 2017, which shows a Food Insecure Population by Year large improvement in food security, in comparison to the previous years. The LVAC assesses food security, nutrition and WASH needs in the 10 districts of Lesotho. In 2017, for the first time, the LVAC also assessed urban vulnerability.
Food prices remain stable
Households in the south are under more stress than those in the north
The use of some food-related negative coping strategies has fallen in rural areas
Fewer poorer households are using negative coping strategies
Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes expected to continue through the post-harvest period
Mountain and southern districts remain worse off than northern areas
Use of negative coping strategies is lower among households who buy food compared to those who produce their own food
Maize meal and wheat flour prices remain stable compared to April
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
This country snapshot provides an overview of national level data for the full scope of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights linkages/integration at the levels of enabling environment, health systems and integrated service delivery. By highlighting results, areas that need strengthening, and data gaps, this snapshot can be used for determining priorities, programme planning and resource mobilization.
Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food security conditions are expected in Lesotho between June and September 2017.
The food security situation has greatly improved due to the availability of food from household harvests, improved income, and decreasing staple prices. Along with these improvements, humanitarian assistance by many agencies has finally come to end. Beyond October 2017, as the lean season approaches, some pockets of Lesotho will likely begin to experience Stressed (IPC Phase 2 outcomes).