ADRA has implemented several programmes in the health sector, primarily focusing on women and men of reproductive age, youth and under five children. Our technical focus areas include nutrition, family planning, reproductive health, and HIV and AIDS and TB. In facilitating access to health facilities, ADRA provides various needed support to communities. Approaches used include communication for social change, positive deviance hearth model, advocacy, media, and capacity building for volunteers.
HIV & AIDS
ADRA Lesotho has been implementing programmes focused on HIV and AIDS since 1988. The initiatives aims were at increasing individual and social awareness about HIV transmission, promoting individual risk reduction, care and support for PLWHIV. Approaches include communication for social change, volunteer capacity building, and Training of Trainers (ToT) to provide counselling and support services. ADRA Lesotho uses mass media such as radio and television as advocacy and education platforms.
Currently ADRA Lesotho is are implementing (2007 – 2015) ToT project which is funded by Swedish Mission Council and ADRA Sweden through ADRA Africa Regional Office. The project aims at training Lay-counsellors at grass-roots level; promote HTC at community level; empowers CBOs and vulnerable groups, especially women and youth; sensitizing HIV and AIDS and TB defaulters to adhere to medication; and, promoting HIV and AIDS testing and counselling.
In 2007/2008 ADRA Lesotho trained 35 ToTs and 660 Lay-councillors in all 10 districts of the Lesotho in partnership with the Seventh Day Adventist Church and local partners. The duties of the ToTs and Lay Counsellors are as follows, inter alia:
- Agricultural training skills and supervision to the guardian of OVC and PLWHA.
- Conduct campaigns on HIV and TB prevention, mitigation, care, treatment and adherence to medication.
- Provide psychosocial support to guardians, OVC and PLWA.
In 2010 AIDS Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) supported ADRA Lesotho in Treatment Literacy and Prevention programme. The programme was using human rights based approach to fight HIV and TB, hold trainings and health talks; and, advocate for People living with HIV and TB. ADRA recruited 16 Volunteer Treatment Literacy Trainers on monthly stipend. Empowers vulnerable groups and support groups in issues of HIV and TB. With this initiative 100, 000 people were reached.
In the same period (2008-2010) ADRA International supported Orphans and Vulnerable Children through ADRA Lesotho. In this initiative 51 OVC benefited from school fees payments, toiletries supply, school uniforms, travel fares and all school related expenses. 366 OVC received life skills training and 256 households received food assistance. 46 double orphans were assisted to obtain death certificates and birth certificates.
With support from various donors and partners, especially Food Aid Germany, ADRA International, ADRA Canada, ADRA Africa, WFP, ADRA South Africa.