The Lesotho Health Partnership. A UVA School of Nursing/School of Medicine Global Health Initiative “Bathusi Ba Baklokomeli”. Meredith Cooley - Bio. B.A. in Biology and Fine Arts - University of Colorado at Boulder (1999)
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The Lesotho Health Partnership
A UVA School of Nursing/School of Medicine
Global Health Initiative
“Bathusi Ba Baklokomeli”
3rd highest rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the world at 31%
1 in 3 individuals are infected
The healthcare system:
Unable to roll out ART on a large scale
Orphans and vulnerable children
Stigma and discrimination
The Lesotho Health Partnership Meeting the Needs of Caregivers in Mokhotlong, Lesotho
2) To improve communication skills and teamwork between the health disciplines in order to bridge gaps in the U.S. healthcare system.
3) To gain an understanding of the complex health crisis in Lesotho and to examine how the world is responding.Key Learning Moment: Witnessing the Brain Drain at the Mokhotlong Hospital - one doctor & 12 nurses serving a catchment area of 95,000 people
5) To collaborate with local health workers to develop & implement health trainings & sustainable community health projects. Training of Trainers Program.
7) To capture the voices and images of the individuals we serve in Lesotho.
Photojournalist: Rob Holmes
Dr. Daniel Mpanga a physician from Tanzania (currently working in Lesotho) responded:
“What the UVA community needs to know is that African countries with exceedingly high rates of HIV, like my country of Tanzania and Lesotho’s neighbor, South Africa, are like overloaded ships that are in desperate trouble, but somehow they manage to stay afloat. Lesotho is different, Lesotho is a sinking ship…the world needs to act now before this ship goes down.”