HIV/AIDS in Lesotho
Lesotho has the second highest HIV prevalence in the world at 23.1%. As of 2012, there were 360,000 persons living with HIV (PLHIV). ART coverage is estimated at 57% for adults and at 26% for children (Lesotho National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan, September 2013). 72% of adults and children remain in treatment 12 months after initiation of ART. Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) coverage has increased from 12% in 2005 to 58% in 2012. New HIV infections among children have decreased from 6,100 in 2001 to 3,700 in 2012. Although there have been recent gains in reducing new child infections, much work remains to be done in reversing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Lesotho. [Source for all unmarked statistics: UNAIDS 2012]
Maseru COE Statistics
Since opening in 2005, over 9,400 patients have been enrolled at the COE. As of January 2015, our COE has over 3,100 active patients, of whom 500 are HIV-exposed infants. 92% of the HIV-infected children, adolescents, and adults are receiving ART. Annually, HIV testing and counseling is provided to almost 2,000 individuals.
Satellite COEs Statistics
As of January 2015, our SCOEs have a total of over 1,100 active patients. As in Maseru, almost all patients are on ART. Since our SCOEs began operations, over 1,500 patients have been enrolled. Each year, nearly 3,000 individuals are tested for HIV at the SCOEs.