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Nutritional Lifeline For Lesotho's Most Vulnerable

There are more than a quarter million people living with HIV in Lesotho. In four of the country's districts, WFP is supporting some of the most vulnerable HIV+ people with nutritional services to counter high levels of malnutrition and anaemia.

 “Since learning of my HIV status, I’ve met regularly with the community health worker who has told me about the services available to me and about WFP food assistance”, says Tankiso Motake. “Since the beginning of the year 2011, I’ve been following a course of medical treatment, and visited the clinic regularly.”

Tankiso is one of the people living with HIV (PLHIV) and benefiting from the nutritional support services provided by WFP at St. David’s rural clinic in Lesotho’s Berea district. “My daughter and I also regularly receive food packages which helps keep us both strong and healthy", she says. "My family have had economic problems since my husband returned from his mine work in South Africa last year.

Not receiving regular help with food from WFP would have made our life very difficult. I’m very happy to be getting this support”.

Malnutrition and anaemia

Ms. Motake is one of the 260,000 registered PLHIV (15-49 years) in the country. Berea, in Lesotho’s western lowlands, is one of four districts in Lesotho where WFP is supporting vulnerable health care patients with nutritional services.

This response to high levels of malnutrition and anaemia is part of the UN Joint Programme on Nutrition. Among a total of 11,458 households being supported are PLHIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART), TB patients on treatment, pregnant and breast-feeding women and undernourished children under five.