As Lesotho was my first assignment and my first love (and I worked hard on researching and preparing for it), I would not feel right deleting it from my page. So, in tribute to Lesotho, and our November 2010 group that was canceled, I will leave this information up. Maybe someday some of us will be able to make it there after all....
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Peace Corps- Lesotho
Peace Corps Wiki- Lesotho
Peace Corps Journals- Lesotho
Friends of Lesotho
Lesotho- Government Page
Lesotho- U.S. Dep. of State
HIV/AIDS in Lesotho
Lesotho has the third highest prevalence rate of Adult HIV/AIDS in the world. Ranked first, Swaziland (very close neighbor to Lesotho) has a prevalence rate of 26.1%. Ranked second, Botswana (another very close neighbor to Lesotho) has a prevalence rate of 23.9%. Ranked third, Lesotho has a prevalence rate of 23.2%. (To put this into perspective, the United States has a prevalence rate of 0.6%).
Think about it in this way:
Nearly 1 in every 4 adults (ages 15-41) in Lesotho is infected with HIV/AIDS.
58% are females
42% are males
An estimated 270,000 of Lesotho's total population (2,130, 819) are infected.
12,000 are children (<15 years).
In 2007, there were an estimated 18,000 AIDS deaths (adults and children).
And 110,000 children orphaned by AIDS.
Only 26% received Antiretroviral Therapy (ARV)
Only 32% of HIV positive pregnant women received ARV
To learn more about HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and Worldwide please refer to these websites and interactive maps:
U.S. Global Health Policy (also has statistics for other diseases and health issues)