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Partners in Health, Lesotho Project

Working in twelve countries around the world to provide quality medical care to people in some of the poorest and most difficult to reach parts of the globe. This includes the Lesotho project, which is one of three sites in Africa.

Introduction

Hi, my name is Joia Mukherjee, and I am Chief Medical Officer for Partners in Health and I’m also an associate professor at Harvard Medical School in the division of Global Health and Social Medicine. Partners in Health is a non-governmental global health organisation. We work in twelve countries around the world and our main goal is to provide quality medical care to people in some of the poorest and most difficult to reach parts of the globe. This includes the Lesotho project, which is one of our three sites in Africa.

Today I am pleased to take you on a tour of this project and show you how we are working to scale up a novel approach to engage pregnant women with health services in some of the hardest to reach parts of the country. I will do this with the aid of my colleague Jennie Riley, the Lesotho Project Coordinator.

Key Facts

Project name: 
The Maternal Health and HIV Lesotho Project

Run by:
Partners In Health

Region:
The southern African country of Lesotho

Population:
Mothers, children

Challenges:
Geographic isolation, lack of infrastructure and health services, female vulnerability, large and growing HIV epidemic, high maternal mortality

Activities:
Community health worker training, resource development, incentives and support