CDC in Lesotho

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an office in Lesotho in 2007 and collaborates with the Lesotho Ministry of Health and partners on public health policies, services, and capacity development. Under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, CDC’s work in Lesotho focuses on HIV prevention interventions, treatment for HIV and tuberculosis, health information systems, and laboratory services.

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What CDC is Doing in Lesotho

CDC Impact in Lesotho
  • Results from the Lesotho population-based HIV impact assessment, the first national HIV survey, indicate the progress that Lesotho is making towards the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal by 2020.
  • Treatment coverage for persons living with HIV is now approximately 71%.
  • Scale-up of laboratory capacity can now provide viral load testing to all persons on HIV treatment.
  • More than 860,000 HIV tests were conducted in Lesotho in 2018.
CDC Staff in Lesotho
  • 5 U.S. Assignees
  • 4 Locally Employed
Lesotho at a Glance
  • Population: 2,233,339 (2017)
  • Per capita income: $3,510
  • Life expectancy at birth: F 56/M 52 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 59/1,000 live births

Sources: World Bank 2018, Lesotho
Population Reference Bureau 2018, Lesotho

Lesotho Top 10 Causes of Death
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Stroke
  4. Lower respiratory infections
  5. Ischemic heart disease
  6. Diarrheal diseases
  7. Diabetes
  8. Neonatal disorders
  9. Road injuries
  10. Interpersonal violence

GBD Compare 2018, Lesotho

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