Maseru – The National AIDS Commission NAC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Limkokwing University of Creative Technology LUCT and African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships ACHAP at a ceremony held in Maseru.
Speaking at the ceremony, the NAC Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Keratile Thabana said collaborations forged by the three partners will go a long way to help the Commission to meet its mandate of providing strategic leadership and governance, as well as coordinating the multi-sector stakeholders towards the country’s HIV and AIDS response.
She commended the LUCT for being pacesetters among institutions of higher learning that the NAC intends to partner with to influence the behaviour of youth for better prevention choices, adding that HIV prevalence is high between the ages of 19 and 39 hence the need to work together with various institutions to manage response.
Mrs. Thabana said through the Agreement the Commission will focus on strategic areas that include education, training, capacity building and skills development and contribute to the management of HIV and AIDS among the youth, saying ACHAP will provide assist in areas of finance and resource management.
Speaking at the event, the LUCT Registrar Mr. Moroka Hoohlo said the initiative will enable students to get more information on HIV response through research, projects and awareness creation for promotion of good health and called on the NAC to ensure that they implement what they have signed for.
The ACHAP Representative Professor Alinah Segobye from Botswana said the organisation is committed to support and strengthen efforts the NAC has planned to undertake to fight HIV in the country and to achieve an HIV free generation by 2030, and to assist Lesotho in health and welfare issues in general.