The number of people in need of assistance increased compared to last year and it is projected to be around 18% of the rural population and 9.2% of the urban population during the next lean season (Sept 2018 - Feb 2019).
The total cereal forecast foresees a drastic reduction (-65%) compared to last year's production, mainly due to late onset of rains and late planting, below-normal rainfall, unseasonal snowfall, extreme temperatures, flash floods and hailstorms experienced in the period September 2017 - March 2018.
US$0.8 m cash based transfers made
US$6.6 m six months (May - October 2018) net funding requirements, representing 33% of total
3,237 people assisted in May 2018
The Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Monyane Moleleki, launched an innovative new tool to track progress and identify gaps in HIV and health programming in Lesotho on 8 May.
The Lesotho HIV and health situation room shows real-time service delivery data, producing a comprehensive picture and understanding of Lesotho’s HIV epidemic. It enables quick feedback on results at the national and community levels and identifies bottlenecks in access to health-care services.
January 2018 marked the commencement of the Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP).
During January, WFP delivered food commodities for the first quarter of the year to 913 primary schools.
Verification of children for the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme in Mokhotlong and Thaba-Tseka took place in January.
Resilience building activities in Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing continued; 1,613 people participated and will receive a cash incentive at the beginning of February.
USAID/PEPFAR food support for 36,500 people receiving antiretroviral therapy or treatment for tuberculosis and orphans and vulnerable children in Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek continued in September.
Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme supported by Japan assisted 11,166 children aged 06-23 months in Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka, and Mohale’s Hoek with super cereal plus.
WFP participated in the United Nations Country Team retreat aimed to discuss how to prioritize SDGs in Lesotho context.
With support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF provided safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene messages to 23,563 drought-affected people in five districts. Since the start of the DFID-funded programme in July 2016 and up to December 2017, a total of 131,267 people (51 per cent female) gained access to WASH services in 45 communities, 34 primary schools and 4 health centres in 5 districts (Berea, Mafeteng,
Thaba Tseka, Quthing and Botha Bothe).
The Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) was established in 2002. It is a government led multidisciplinary committee within the Office of the Prime Minister- Disaster Management Authority (DMA). Its membership consists of Government Ministries and Departments, United Nations Organizations, NonGovernmental organizations and the Private Sector. It is mandated to carry out livelihood vulnerability analysis and its aim is to provide timely analysis for emergency interventions as well as medium to long-term programming.
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).
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
In 2015/16 Lesotho has been severely affected by a El Niño-induced drought, leaving more than 60% of the rural population at risk of food insecurity. Following the announcement of the government appeal in January 2016, Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and partners have managed to mobilise more than USD 40 million for the relief response. The priorities among the remaining gaps are the early recovery and resilience dimensions of the response. While the peak of El Niño weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on population are set to continue until July 2017.
This report is produced by 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 17 March 2016 up to 31 May 2017.
The emergency response to the El Niñoinduced drought is still ongoing and is scheduled to continue until August 2017.
While most humanitarian relief activities have been completed, the outstanding interventions are being terminated in the upcoming weeks.
· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 January 2016 for CHF 664,073 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 4,500 drought affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entailed the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community livelihoods in three districts of Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka and Qacha’s Nek to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.
In February and March, UNICEF supported the national measles rubella vaccination campaign and reached 17,565 children aged 0-12 months.
From January 2017 to date, UNICEF has assisted the Ministry of Health to provide therapeutic feeding to 239 children (128 boys and 111 girls) with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund Representative to Lesotho Ms Nuzhat Ehsan has called upon the media in Lesotho to provide space for maternal health issues in their newspapers and programmes. She said it is through the media that policy makers would get to know about the state of maternal health and the high maternal mortality in the country.
Speaking during a press conference held at the United Nations building in Maseru on Thursday (04th May, 2017), Ms Ehsan stressed the need for reduction of maternal mortality to be in every policy makers’ agenda.