Maseru – Ambassador of the Lesotho Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment LePHIA, Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso launched the Survey at an event held at Pitso Ground in Maseru.
Speaking at the occasion, the Queen said the Survey will provide crucial information on the state of HIV among children and adults and also help estimate new infections and give direction into the future, saying its theme, “Every Drop Counts”, calls for everyone’s commitment to the study.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Health Dr. ‘Molotsi Monyamane said LePHIA comes at the right time and offers an opportunity for the nation to examine HIV and AIDS related issues and correct previous mistakes.
He said by 2030 every Mosotho should have access to non-discriminatory and quality HIV and AIDS services and called for participation of all members of the community in the Survey so the government can make policies that address development.
The United States Ambassador to Lesotho His Excellency Matthew Harrington said his country remains committed to partnering with Lesotho in the fight against HIV and AIDS, saying high quality and reliable data are essential to ensure success of initiatives to fight the pandemic.
On behalf of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, the World Health Organisation Representative Dr. Cornelia Atsyor said LePHIA is nationally represented and shows a multi-sector response to HIV and AIDS, which remains a challenge to the country’s socio-economic activities.
LePHIA Project Coordinator Mrs. Blanche Pitt said the Survey requires commitment from partners, saying it will help to achieve an HIV free global population as it is conducted in various countries including Lesotho, while the Director General Health Services Dr. ‘Nyane Letsie urged the Survey participants to give correct information for the benefit of Basotho’s health.