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LESOTHO: State-of-the-art treatment centre but children still die

MASERU, 7 March (PLUSNEWS) - Fidgeting in a small, plastic chair outside her grandmother's house in Ha Makhoathi, a village near Maseru capital of Lesotho, Limpho Matthews, 7, looks like an ordinary, healthy child. In fact, the first six years of her life consisted of a miserable series of colds, asthma and other illnesses. By the time her mother died in 2005, she was too weak to walk and had to be carried on her grandmother's back. Full report

LESOTHO: New policy to help orphans and vulnerable children

MASERU, 3 January (PLUSNEWS) - Lesotho's government has approved a policy to care for its growing population of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Full report

LESOTHO: Lack of healthcare workers a drain on new HIV/AIDS plan

MASERU, 27 April (PLUSNEWS) - As the Lesotho government prepares to launch a 'Know your HIV status' campaign, a shortage of qualified healthcare workers threatens to derail plans to increase access to AIDS treatment in the mountain kingdom. Full report

LESOTHO: 'Know your status' drive needs $12.5m and people's cooperation

MASERU, 6 April (PLUSNEWS) - The success of Lesotho's plan to increase access to HIV/AIDS treatment will depend on a national commitment to being tested for the virus and a R75 million (US $12.5 million) financial boost. Full report

LESOTHO: Guidelines to help OVC caregivers

MASERU, 5 April (PLUSNEWS) - A rapidly increasing population of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Lesotho has forced the government and NGOs to draw up guidelines for their care. Full report

LESOTHO: ARV treatment for children slowly becomes available

JOHANNESBURG, 19 July (PLUSNEWS) - As Lesotho rolls out anti-AIDS drugs to a growing number of people living with HIV/AIDS, the percentage of HIV-positive children on treatment remains disturbingly low. Full report

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LESOTHO: Testing campaign struggles to get off the ground

QUTHING, 20 October (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Ten months after its official launch, Lesotho's ambitious plan to take the offer of an HIV test to every village and household in the country has yet to get off the ground. Full report

LESOTHO: 'Expert' patients lighten load for clinic staff

MASERU, 18 October (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Seated at a table recording blood samples in a tiny, overflowing waiting room at Phoholong HIV/AIDS Clinic, about 40km from Maseru, the capital, Miriam Phoofolo could be mistaken for a nurse, but she is in fact a patient. Full report

LESOTHO: OVC situation needs urgent action

JOHANNESBURG, 11 October (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Lesotho's Department of Social Welfare says more must be done to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the country. Full report

LESOTHO: Govt intensifies efforts to help rape survivors

MASERU, 7 June (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - The Lesotho government is to improve medical care provided to sexual violence survivors after rape cases reported in the first three months of this year climbed to almost the total number for 2005. Full report

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