Lesotho

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Beneficiary and community activist, Matiisetso Sefako, after visiting Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) tent in her village, often stays behind encouraging young girls and women to visit the tent to access family planning services.
Raphel Marafan Kori, earns an income as a peer educator with Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA). Nine months into her role, she goes door to door in her village trying to ensure parents understand the needs of adolescents in their village and why contraception and services like HIV testing is a protective measure for young people.
Village chief Makholu Mahao was 18 when she got married. Now, nearly 60 years later and as a village leader, she has seen a rise in teen pregnancies and early forced marriage. With the help of Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association and funding from SheDecides, she is doing something about it.
Bolelwa Falten in based in Lesotho's capital, Maseru, and has been working as an HIV counselor for the better part of a decade. She handles five different Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association posts, providing communities with everything from contraception to HIV testing.
34-year old Makamohelo Tlali is a relatively new beneficiary of family planning services offered monthly at a Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) post near her village. She was encouraged to visit the family planning clinic by a peer mobilizer going door to door in her village.
When the global gag rule was introduced, the Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association lost more than funding, it lost the years of hard work in building trust and relationships in communities. With the introduction of the Belgian funded, She Decides programme, relationships with impacted communities are slowly being rebuilt.
When the US administration expanded the Mexico City Policy (aka the Global Gag Rule), the impact on healthcare was felt immediately in hard-to-reach areas in countries like Lesotho. Thanks to emergency funds from SheDecides, Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association is slowly rebuilding.
One of IPPF’s central beliefs is that processes and approaches need to be adapted to meet the specific needs of a country. In Lesotho, a country with one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, LPPA is very ...