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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

Saved from chains of child marriage

BILLY NTAOTE and SECHABA MOKHETHI Schools in rural communities are faced with high drop-outs as a result of early child marriage or teenage pregnancy, both sad reality that perpetuates the circle of poverty and shutter dreams of many girls. For Nthatuoa*, falling pregnant in her teenage was the last thing on her

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