Work in clinics
In Lesotho, the SNJMs serve in 4 clinics: Paki in Mazenod, St. Rose in Peka, Little Flower at Kolonyama and Maryland. According to the National AIDS Commission (NAC) and UNAIDS, the Kingdom of Lesotho has one of the highest HIV prevalence in the world, with 23.2% of people aged 15-49 estimated to be living with HIV.
Religious organizations like ours provide a considerable percentage of care and support for people living with HIV as well as education and care for children and orphans affected by HIV. Over 50% of the hospitals in Lesotho are owned by the Church.
Our Basotho Sisters actively take part of this national effort. We feature our Maryland Health Centre.
Maryland Health Centre
The clinic provides HIV Testing and Counselling to all patients. Using the strategy of provider-initiated testing and counselling (PITC), health care workers are obliged to adequately inform the patients about the HIV epidemic and encourage them to be tested and know their status so that they can make informed decisions.
The free will of patients are respected and, according to the law, they can refuse treatment but must be informed of the medical consequences of such a refusal. HIV counselling is an entry point to the treatment for the disease. All patients can know their status and with the confidential testing procedure, patients' rights are taken into consideration and ensured.
It is a norm, since there is no regular doctor, to be visited routinely by a doctor who motivates, encourages and supports all health care workers. She encourages them to even go beyond their patients minimal needs in their work. The picture below shows the staff of the Health Centre with the happy and lovely Mosotho lady named Doctor Thato who was visiting the health centre.