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Of brutal marriage and the deadly virus

A heart-breaking tale of a police sergeant who survived abusive hubby and HIV comma    MAJIRATA LATELA BOTHA-BOTHE - At the height of an agonising abuse by her husband in 2013, ’Maseabi Makoa was diagnosed with severe depression that had eroded her blood cells to a lowest CD4 count of 20. The normal CD4 count for healthy

‘There’s hope in HIV’

How a 15-year old teen survived HIV odds THUSO MOSABALA When Puleng Motanteli discovered she was HIV positive in 2008, she felt like she could be buried alive. She was merely 15 years old at the time. “What started like an ordinary day changed altogether at the time I received the results of my HIV test. It

US pledges M1.2 billion for Lesotho

Money earmarked for HIV control by 2020   KEISO MOHLOBOLI United States of America has pledged over one billion Maloti for Lesotho to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS this year. The money comes through the US’ profound AIDS programme, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Announcing the development in Maseru this week, the

Win against HIV mother to child transmission

…positive mother tells PMTCT success story SECHABA MOKHETHI Botha Bothe — A 28-year-old Lerato Thoahlane has beaten the odds, led a healthy live despite being infected with HIV for the past 14 years. She now has healthy twin-girls aged seven and is buoyant to build them legacy.  Thanks to the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Championing the fight against HIV/AIDS

…a Botha-Bothe woman narrates her 17 years of living with HIV BILLY NTAOTE Botha-Bothe - In the early 2000, to Basotho news that one had contacted the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was like coming to the brink of staring death in the eyes resulting in being stigmatised and ultimately social exclusion and death. But that was not

‘Enough said about AIDS; focus on stigma’

Tale of an HIV-positive factory worker who, more than the epidemic, battles fears of stigma Lekhetho Ntsukunyane “I’m a living example AIDS is not a deadly disease; what kills people living with HIV is the unbearable stigma that comes with it,” says the 31-year old ’Mapule Leola*, who has lived with the pandemic for more than

Battling the HIV scourge in taxi ranks

Keiso Mohloboli Public transport operators in Maseru have engaged in major step to fight the scourge of HIV and AIDS. In a recent initiative, the taxi operators in the capital partnered with the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation, Population Services International and Ministry of Health to drive the HIV and AIDS response in the public transport industry. The partnership,

Rocky walk for the pregnant

JUSTICE MAQELEPO THABA-TSEKA A large number of women in the areas of Sehonghong and Senqunyane Valley have resorted to giving birth at home due to the difficulty of accessing health facilities in one of Lesotho’s many remotest areas. A collaboration by the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism and Informative has recently uncovered

A teenager’s story of hope in HIV, AIDS fight

Keiso Mohloboli MAKHALENG – At the age of 12, Lehakoe Ntho* lost all her childhood endeavours and assumed a parental role to her three siblings, including a two-year old brother, after losing both their parents to AIDS in 2013. Now 17 years old, Ntho looks twice her age; weary and sorrow are

Aids funder threatens withdrawal

LERATO MATHEKA America-based funder to Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS programmes has threatened to pull out from one of the country’s implementing bodies over its alleged failure to meet target, the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has learnt. A leaked email that landed before eyes of the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation staff in Lesotho