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CDC has been collaborating with partners in Lesotho since 2007 to help improve public health policies, services, and capacity development. CDC’s work in Lesotho focuses on HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, TB/HIV care, blood safety, lab infrastructure, and strategic information. CDC initiatives have improved access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment, bolstered prevention programs, and strengthened health systems.

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Lesotho at a Glance

Population: 2,193,800
Per capita income: $1,800
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 48/49 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 91/1000 live births
Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: GBD Compare, 2010
  1. HIV 33 %
  2. Lower respiratory infections 8%
  3. Interpersonal Violence 6%
  4. Diarrheal Diseases 6%
  5. Tuberculosis 6%
  6. Cancer 5%
  7. Stroke 5%
  8. Diabetes 2%
  9. Neonatal Disorders 2%
  10. Ischemic Heart Disease 2%

What CDC Is Doing

  • Over 60,000 Basotho have been provided with voluntary counseling and testing services and have been counseled on their HIV status.
  • Laboratory information systems were established in 25% of clinical laboratories within one year.
  • Infant diagnosis of HIV was established in 2010, with approximately 10,000 dried blood spot diagnostic tests processed
  • Page last reviewed: October 29, 2013
  • Page last updated: October 29, 2013
  • Content source: Global Health
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