Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Lesotho: Removing barriers to the rights of persons with albinism critical to improving lives, says United Nations expert

Persons with albinism experience serious barriers including stigma and discrimination due to colour and visual impairment, lack of access to healthcare, including sunscreen and visual aids

A UN expert today urged the Lesotho authorities to prioritise removing barriers to the enjoyment of rights by persons with albinism, saying it would vastly improve their lives. “Concrete measures focused on the specific needs of persons with albinism can have far-reaching impacts including on quality of life and life…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Empress Shôken Fund announces 103rd funding distribution to support projects in 17 countries

The projects to be supported cover a variety of topics, including youth, first aid and rescue, disaster preparedness, dissemination of humanitarian ideals, blood transfusion services and National Society development

The Joint Commission of the Empress Shôken Fund (ESF) has announced a new funding distribution that totals CHF 485,597 and supports projects administered by Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in 17 countries. The commission is administered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

United Nations (UN) expert on rights of people with albinism to visit Lesotho

The expert will hold meetings in Maseru and Thaba-Tseka, and will also take the opportunity to participate in the 43rd ordinary session of the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

The UN Independent expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Muluka-Anne Miti-Drummond, will conduct her first visit to Lesotho from 10 to 19 April 2024. During her visit, Miti-Drummond will assess the human rights situation of persons with albinism with a focus primarily on access to…

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Source: Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) |

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) Shares the Abundance of Ramadan in Lesotho, Southern Africa

Within the scope of the theme “Access to Safe Food in Lesotho,” organized by TİKA on the occasion of Ramadan, food packages containing basic necessities were delivered to 500 families in need

Within the “Ramadan Programs” organized by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), food packages consisting of basic necessities were delivered to 500 families in need residing in Lesotho, a country in Southern Africa. Within the scope of the theme “Access to Safe Food in Lesotho,” organized by TİKA on the…

Source: Amnesty International |

Lesotho: Authorities must investigate torture of detainees at Maseru correctional institution

The Ombudsman’s report, released on March 19, confirms the extent of unacceptable abuse suffered by inmates at MCCI

Responding to recent findings by the Lesotho Ombudsman which exposed a disturbing pattern of human rights violations, including torture, excessive use of force and denial of medical care to detainees at Maseru Correctional Centre Institution (MCCI), Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Vongai Chikwanda, said: “The…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Lesotho |

Active Tuberculosis (TB) case-finding in Lesotho: Health facilities stepping up to the challenge

Case-finding has increased from 32% in 2020 to 47% in 2023 but needs to almost double to reach national and global targets for ending TB by 2030

When mother-of-three Mamfe Motloheloa tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), the diagnosis not only saved her life, but also those of her children. “My condition was critical. I was rushed from the clinic to the hospital, where my treatment journey started,” recalls Motloheloa.  After she was discharged from hospital following a…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Lesotho |

Lesotho Endorses Emergency, Preparedness, Response Flagship Initiative Roadmap to Ensure Health Security

WHO Representative to Lesotho, Dr. Richard Banda stated that health security is a critical mission for Lesotho

The Government of Lesotho has endorsed and launched the Emergency, Preparedness, and Response Flagship Initiative Roadmap. This was done with the support from the World Health Organisation(WHO) and Africa CDC. In 2023, the country enrolled in the WHO EPR Flagships initiative. The overarching goal of the Emergency, Preparedness, and Response flagship initiative is…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Principality of Monaco helps World Food Programme (WFP) provide home grown school feeding in Lesotho

Monaco’s contribution will help strengthen food and nutrition support to some 10,000 school children in 80 schools and provide agricultural and financial literacy training for 300 smallholder farmers in Quthing and Mohale’s hoek districts

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a €600,000 contribution from the Principality of Monaco for the period of 2023-2026, to help provide meals to school children and training for smallholder farmers as part of the national home-grown school feeding activities in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Monaco’s contribution…

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    • From l to r: Minata Samate Cessouma, Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, African Union Commission; Samuel Ntsokoane Matekane, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, National Security and Environment of the Kingdom of Lesotho; Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia; Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group
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Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Leaders say financing and stronger policies needed to tackle malnutrition affecting more than 80 million children

Some 86 million children below five face various forms of malnutrition, 63 million are stunted, 10 million are overweight and three million are wasted - that is they have low weight for their height

Lesotho, African Union Commission, African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), and partners call for renewed commitment to boost nutrition for Africa’s children; "We have a duty and a responsibility to reduce malnutrition and stunting in Africa by 40% by 2025 - just one year from now" - Adesina. Africa’s children are paying…

Source: African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) |

Press Release on the Promotion Mission to the Kingdom of Lesotho

During the Mission, the delegation will meet with a cross-section of human rights actors in the country, especially those working in the field of human rights

The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Secretariat) wishes to inform the general public that the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), upon authorization of the Government by the Kingdom of Lesotho (Lesotho), is scheduled to undertake a Promotion Mission to Lesotho…