Past Council work in Lesotho focused on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV through postpartum family planning. Currently, the Population Council is a member of a multi-country consortium that seeks to improve HIV and AIDS policymaking and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa.
Highlights of past and present work
- The Council is a member of the Addressing the Balance of Burden in AIDS Research Programme Consortium (ABBA RPC), a multi-country research project in sub-Saharan Africa that explores the social context around prevention, treatment, care, and mitigation of the effects of HIV and AIDS in vulnerable populations.
- Developed a postpartum family planning package to increase HIV testing and use of the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) for family planning.
Addressing the Balance of Burden in AIDS (ABBA) (more)
The ABBA Research Programme Consortium is a multi-country research project in sub-Saharan Africa that explores the social context around prevention, treatment, care, and mitigation of the effects of HIV and AIDS in vulnerable populations.
(6/2006 - 3/2012)
HIV care, support, and treatment; Vulnerable populations
Extending Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV Through Postpartum Family Planning (more)
In Lesotho, Council researchers tested the feasibility and effect of a strengthened postpartum care program.
(5/2006 - 5/2008)
PMTCT and pediatric HIV; Safe pregnancy, antenatal, and delivery care
ResourcesRape sentencing study: A review of statutory sentencing provisions for rape, defilement, and sexual assault in East, Central, and Southern Africa (PDF)
Thompson,Jill; Simmonds,Felly Nkweto
Publication date: 2012
Adolescent experience in-depth: Using data to identify and reach the most vulnerable young people (HTML)
Series of 51 data guides by country
Publication date: 2009
Adolescent experience in-depth: Using data to identify and reach the most vulnerable young people--Lesotho 2004 (PDF)
Publication date: 2009
Lesotho Fast Facts
|Total fertility rate||3.1|
|Infant deaths per 1,000 live births||80|
|Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births||530|
|Girls aged 20-24 married by age 18 (%)||23|
|HIV/AIDS prevalence (%)||23.6|
|Living below US $2 per day (%)||62|
Country statistics from Demographic and Health Surveys, 1987–2011; UNAIDS and UNICEF websites (accessed 10/22/2012); "World Population Data Sheet" (Population Reference Bureau, 2012)