Lesotho is a lower middle income country which is ranked 167 of the 187 countries on Human and Development Index and 38 of 46 countries on the economic freedom scores in sub-Saharan Africa. Agriculture. Manufacturing, mining and remittances are the mainstay of the economy. Agriculture is the main livelihood source for rural economy for 80 percent of the population and contributes 7.4 percent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
UN report: HIV prevalence severely impacting development progress
MASERU - According to the 2013 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Status Report, issued jointly by the Government of Lesotho and the United Nations in July, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Lesotho is exacting a heavy toll on the country’s ability to attain all of the other development goals. Because of the huge impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the average life expectancy in Lesotho is just 48.7 years.
Netcare Education conferred certificates to 25 professional nurses during a graduation ceremony held at Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital on Thursday.
The graduates completed a one and half year training specialising in areas of accident and emergency, intensive care unit and theatre.
Speaking at the event, the Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr Mpolai Moteetee congratulated graduates for pursuing special courses in their training, noting that this will be beneficial to Basotho.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane has appealed to Development Partners for Humanitarian Assistance following reports that about 725,000 people face food crisis.
The Prime Minister was addressing Development Partners at the meeting held in Maseru on Thursday.
Addressing the partners, Mr. Thabane said to respond to the identified emergency, about M1.4 billion is required to procure emergency food, medical supplies and short cycle livestock agricultural inputs.
This appeal document has been prepared by the Government of Lesotho for presentation to its Cooperating Partners, local business organizations, and citizens of good will. It is intended to mobilize emergency assistance to address the country's food insecurity situation as declared by the Right Honourable the Prime Minister of Lesotho on 9 August, 2012.
- BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
Chronic malnutrition in young children is a health concern in Lesotho. Since 2002, the nutritional status of young children has been unacceptable according to World Health Organisation (WHO) standards with around 40% of children less than five years of age suffering from chronic malnutrition or stunting1. The highest levels have been observed in the mountain districts of Thaba Tseka, Mokhotlong and Qacha’s Nek.
Summary for 3rd Quarter 2010
- The 14th Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook forum (SARCOF-14) predicted increased chances of above-normal to normal rainfall in the first half of the rainy season, October-November 2010.
Lesotho launches Child Grants payment in Semonkong, Maseru district - the third and final pilot area - bringing hope to an increasing number of vulnerable children.
Lesotho 28 October 2009 - It took several years for the foundations of the ambitious [Government of Lesotho, European Union and UNICEF supported] Child Grants Programme to be established, but finally its seeds are bearing fruits.
1.1. The Priority Support Programme
The Priority Support Programme (PSP) has been funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) in support of the two top priorities of the Poverty Reduction Strategy drawn up in 2004 by the Government of Lesotho (GOL). Those priorities are job creation and food security. The programme began with a six month inception period (December 2005 - May 2006). Implementation was then scheduled to run from 1 June 2006 to 31 May 2009.
Mafeteng, Lesotho 22 April 2009 - In the face of growing vulnerability and chronic poverty of its children, the Government of Lesotho today launched, for the first time in the history of the country, a Child Grants programme.
WHEN: 22 APRIL 2009, starting 10 am.
WHERE: Ha Paki, Thaba Ts'oeu (Community Council Mathula, Mafeteng District).
WHO: Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Head of Delegation and Ambassador of the European Commission to the Kingdom of Lesotho, UNICEF Lesotho Representative.
On 22 April 2009, the Government of Lesotho will launch the groundbreaking Child Grants Programme.
Investing in children
In the face of growing vulnerability and poverty of Basotho children, the Government of Lesotho has initiated a Child Grants Programme, which will be piloted in selected areas by April 2009. The initiative will strive to improve the wellbeing of children who are vulnerable, including children who have been orphaned or otherwise affected by HIV and AIDS and who live in families marked by poverty, food insecurity, malnutrition and lack of access to essential services.
The Government of Lesotho, with financial assistance from the European Commission (EC) and in collaboration with UNICEF, is planning to roll-out a groundbreaking programme to provide poor households caring for orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), as well as child headed households, with a quarterly payment of Maloti 360 (about US$ 38).
The Community and Household Surveillance (CHS) is a biannual survey that is conducted during the post-harvest and the lean season each year, with the main objective of monitoring the short- and longterm effects of food assistance interventions.