Overview

CHAI began work in Lesotho in 2004, alongside the Ministry of Health, to reduce the significant burden of HIV/AIDS in the country. CHAI has worked with the government to improve access to lifesaving HIV treatment and diagnostics, improve HIV care for adults and children, and strengthen the health system. CHAI also helped the government to identify and link to care thousands of high-risk tuberculosis patients.

Today, we are helping the Ministry to introduce new and improved HIV medications such as dolutegravir-based regimens including TLD and are working to improve access to preventative tools for HIV including oral PrEP. We are assisting the government to improve its health financing structures, including annual budgeting, and to roll out new lifesaving vaccinations, product optimization and improving critical supply chain processes. CHAI is also working to reduce malnutrition in the country by helping the government to evaluate its supplementary feeding program.

Our Work

August 7, 2018

Mobilizing community-based HIV testing for children in Lesotho

In 2015, HIV was the cause of 19 percent of all childhood deaths under the age of five in Lesotho. Previous strategies to identify and treat children who were living with HIV had proven ineffective and Lesotho’s goal to reach 80 percent of children living with HIV had fallen short, with only 30 percent of...

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April 30, 2018

Combating rotavirus: How a simple vaccine can save thousands of lives

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal disease among children. In fact, nearly every child who is not vaccinated will experience rotavirus at some point by age five. For children in countries without access to vaccinations and treatment, rotavirus can be fatal.

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December 1, 2017

How ‘miracle’ of AIDS patients’ survival gives hope for future

It was the spring of 1998, while working as a clinician in Lesotho, that I first realized the terrible impact that HIV would have on my country. Patients were growing sicker by the day, and at times I thought I might not even have any more patients to care for within a few years. We...

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June 29, 2017

Celebrating One Year of Test & Treat in Lesotho

Lesotho is a small, landlocked country surrounded by South Africa with a population of about 2 million people. It also has the second highest prevalence of HIV in the world, with 23 percent of the population infected. This high HIV prevalence is a key contributing factor in Lesotho having one of the lowest life expectancies...

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August 7, 2018

Mobilizing community-based HIV testing for children in Lesotho

In 2015, HIV was the cause of 19 percent of all childhood deaths under the age of five in Lesotho. Previous strategies to identify and treat children who were living with HIV had proven ineffective and Lesotho’s goal to reach 80 percent of children living with HIV had fallen short, with only 30 percent of...

Read More

April 30, 2018

Combating rotavirus: How a simple vaccine can save thousands of lives

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal disease among children. In fact, nearly every child who is not vaccinated will experience rotavirus at some point by age five. For children in countries without access to vaccinations and treatment, rotavirus can be fatal.

Read More

December 1, 2017

How ‘miracle’ of AIDS patients’ survival gives hope for future

It was the spring of 1998, while working as a clinician in Lesotho, that I first realized the terrible impact that HIV would have on my country. Patients were growing sicker by the day, and at times I thought I might not even have any more patients to care for within a few years. We...

Read More

June 29, 2017

Celebrating One Year of Test & Treat in Lesotho

Lesotho is a small, landlocked country surrounded by South Africa with a population of about 2 million people. It also has the second highest prevalence of HIV in the world, with 23 percent of the population infected. This high HIV prevalence is a key contributing factor in Lesotho having one of the lowest life expectancies...

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CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

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CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

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