HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
The CDC Lesotho office opened in 2007 and supports an integrated continuum of services that includes improvement in public health policies, prevention interventions, tuberculosis (TB)/HIV, care and treatment, health management information systems, blood safety, and improved laboratory capacity. This support is provided in close partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and it’s implementing partners.
Building the Public Health Workforce
CDC provides technical leadership to build human capacity for treatment programs by training and mentoring health workers.
Integrating HIV/TB services
CDC helps the MoH to reduce TB/HIV-related morbidity and mortality through the provision of integrated, comprehensive TB/HIV services. This includes strengthening TB diagnostics and treatment and the roll-out of rapid molecular testing.
Strengthening Laboratory Systems and Blood Safety
CDC provides technical assistance to implement quality laboratory systems, laboratory diagnosis and monitoring tests, and new diagnostic technologies. In partnership with its implementing partners, CDC provides technical expertise to develop local capacity for effective coordination of laboratory and blood safety programs to scale up and improve service quality.
Maximizing Unique Government to Government Relationships with the MoH
CDC works in partnership with the MoH through cooperative agreements that include human capacity building, health system strengthening, and blood safety. CDC plays an integral role in providing technical and administrative leadership in its program areas.
In 2013, CDC provided technical assistance to the MoH to roll-out 15 GeneXpert machines for early and rapid TB diagnosis. The initiation of antiretroviral therapy has increased among TB/HIV patients from 27% to 70%. Other CDC support includes HIV testing and counseling, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, support, and TB/HIV.
In 2011, CDC provided technical leadership and assistance to establish HIV deoxyribonucleic acid polymerase chain reaction-based early infant diagnosis. Recently, the HIV viral load set up was completed and capacity of the national reference lab was strengthened.
Successful implementation of electronic based LIS in 70% of clinic laboratories.
Successful roll-out of point of care testing (PIMA and GeneXpert) and the World Health Organization regional office for Africa’s stepwise quality laboratory improvement program.