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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Lesotho has been collaborating with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and implementing partners since 2007 to support improvement in public health policies, services, and capacity development. CDC plays a pivotal role in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in Lesotho; in collaboration with other U.S. government agencies and implementing partners, CDC signed the PEPFAR Partnership Framework with the government of Lesotho in 2009. This document guides the implementation of PEPFAR funding in Lesotho. CDC’s work focuses on HIV counseling and testing, HIV treatment, laboratory services, and strategic information. CDC initiatives have improved access to HIV treatment, bolstered prevention efforts, and strengthened health systems.

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CDC Staff

4 U.S. Assignees
5 Locally Employed Staff
1 Contractor
1 ASPPH Fellow

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Lesotho at a Glance

Population: 1,924,381
Per capita income: $3,260
Life expectancy at birth: W 46/M 43 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 59/1,000 live births

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Top 10 Causes of Death

  1. HIV/AIDS & TB
  2. Cardiovascular diseases
  3. Diarrheal diseases
  4. Neoplasms
  5. Neonatal disorders
  6. Diabetes/urological/blood/ endocrine disorders
  7. Self-harm & violence
  8. Chronic respiratory diseases
  9. Transport injuries

Source: Population Reference Bureau Fact Sheet, 2015
Source: GBD Compare (, 2015

What CDC Is Doing

Impact in Lesotho expanded

  • The first national HIV survey, the Population HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA), will be completed in 2017.
  • Treatment coverage for persons living with HIV is now approximately 54%.
  • Scale-up of laboratory capacity will provide viral load testing to all persons on HIV treatment.
  • Over 800,000 HIV tests were conducted in Lesotho in 2016.

HIV/AIDS collapsed

  • Page last reviewed: July 20, 2017
  • Page last updated: July 20, 2017
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