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KB SERVICE DAY (31 August 2022) – TDY Visit

This event was held at Ha-Masana, Mazenod in the Maseru District led by Karabo ea Bophelo (KB) and its implementing partners (PSI, JHPIEGO and EGPAF) initiating Demand Creation for Health Services. KB encouraged AGYWs to join Safe Spaces and also offered screening and referral services to clients, whereas the partners made the following services accessible:

  1. Unwanted Pregnancies Prevention for AGYW.
  2. HIV testing and Prevention including HIV self-test for AGYW (15-24 yrs) and Men (20-49 yrs)
  3. PrEP Services and Monitoring
  4. COVID-19 Vaccination
  5. Cervical cancer screening and treatment
  6. STI Testing and treatment

As part of demand creation, GBV and HIV Prevention literature was distributed for Education and awareness to clients and everyone present. KB also ensure availability & accessibility of both male and female condoms, including condom messaging, ensured introduction of all Evidence-based curricula to all participants especially AGYW.


LESOTHO CHILD HELPLINE RE-LAUNCH

On the 8th June 2022 was the Re-Launch of the Child Helpline Lesotho and handing over of a Call Tracking System by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) held in Maseru. A 116 Helpline Call Number started operating officially through a live simulation scenario demonstrating how the call Centre Personel responds to emergency calls. This emergency number is an assurance that every child is protected from any form of abuse in Lesotho.

In attendance was the the acting Minister of Social Development (MOSD), Mr. Keketso Sello, the Deputy UNICEF Representative, Mr Kimanzi Mothengi including the Baylor Karabo ea Bophelo COP (Chief of Party), Dr. Seema Ntjabane.

The Helpline services are available 24/7, free calls that provide emergency assistance in response to violence against children. Other services the system provides are – counselling, referrals and linking children to services they need everyday of the week including weekends – Call Centre
Operators and Social Workers are on standby.


VAX INITIATIVE  LAUNCH (18th March 2022)

The Global Vax Initiative was officially launched in Lesotho on the 18th March 2022, at Maseru SDA Health Centre. In attendance was The United States Ambassador in Lesotho, the Peace Corps CEO, the Vax Initiative delegation and the Implementing Partners (PSI, EGPAF, ICAP, JHPIEGO and Baylor Karabo ea Bophelo.

This Initiative is in place to assist the Lesotho Ministry of Health in ensuring that every Mosotho is vaccinated.The United States Government has already made a bold move by funding Lesotho with more than $1,3 billion and will further provide an additional $6,2 Million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


KB COVID-19 INITIATIVE  (2022)

KB Lesotho has implemented an Upscale demand for COVID-19 Vaccination for 2022 through the support of PEPFAR and USAID, under the direction of Baylor Lesotho. This initiative has been applied in 4 Districts of Lesotho (Maseru, Berea, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek).

KB project will implement the following activities with the support of its consortium members: LENEPWHA,Catholic Relief Services, Care for Basotho, WLSA, CIL, SWAALES, LIRAC, and ENCOMPASS. Key activities will include:

1. Operational Costs to support transportation for RCCE outreach

2. Printing of IEC materials for RCCE

3. Conduct initial and refresher training for community-based staff on IPC protocol


 

COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

As the whole world is faced with COVID-19 pandemic, Lesotho is also affected by COVID-19. In the early stages of COVID-19 and before any restrictions, Karabo ea Bophelo embarked on COVID-19 and Water and Sanitation messaging, helping beneficiaries to create Tippy Taps and key hole gardens for food sustainability.