UNFPA Lesotho

A least developed country according to the Human Development Index, Lesotho is a landlocked country surrounded by South Africa. With more than half the population living below the poverty line, it faces major challenges including high HIV prevalence and a high maternal mortality rate. UNFPA initiatives in Lesotho, among others, provide support to reduce maternal mortality, prevent HIV, particularly among youth, reduce gender inequality, and develop quality data related to population issues.

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Key results of Lesotho in 2020 View more

Sexual and reproductive health coordination body during crisis

During a humanitarian crisis, a functioning inter-agency sexual and reproductive health coordination body was in place

Youth participation in humanitarian response

During a humanitarian crisis, young people were included in decision-making mechanisms in all phases of humanitarian response

Rights of marginalized groups

Intervention models or strategies to empower marginalized and excluded groups to exercise their reproductive rights were rolled out

Census disaggregation

Census results disaggregated by age and sex were available and publically accessible online

Demographic dynamics

Demographic dynamics were integrated into their national development plans

Small area estimations

Small area estimations of sexual and reproductive health indicators were generated and used for programme planning

Life skills programmes for girls

93,982
Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

49
Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms which affect women and girls

Child, early and forced marriage

7,500
Girls received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to child, early, and forced marriage

Community declarations on harmful practices

96
Communities made public declarations to eliminate harmful practices, with support from UNFPA, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Minimum Initial Services Package

820
Health service providers and managers were trained on the minimum initial service package

Essential services for gender-based violence survivors

46
Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package
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Programme Activities

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    Lesotho 2020 Programme Activities data

    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning, maternal health and HIV) that are gender-responsive and meet human rights standards for quality of care and equity in access
    Total Spending:
    $1,056,736
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $576,834 (55%)
    NGO $165,758 (16%)
    GOV $314,145 (30%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (36)
    Non-core Resources (64)
    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Total Spending:
    $811,895
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $485561 (60%)
    NGO $165758 (20%)
    GOV $160577 (20%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (41)
    Non-core Resources (59)
    Sexual and reproductive health Policies
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health policies
    Total Spending:
    $87,476
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $55765 (64%)
    GOV $31712 (36%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (32)
    Non-core Resources (68)
    Health workforce capacity
    Increased national capacity to deliver health workforce capacity
    Total Spending:
    $131,755
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $30503 (23%)
    GOV $101252 (77%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (14)
    Non-core Resources (86)
    Supply chain management
    Increased national capacity to deliver supply chain management
    Total Spending:
    $22,225
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $1621 (7%)
    GOV $20604 (93%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Accountability for sexual and reproductive health
    Increased national capacity to deliver consistent with budget results and accountability for sexual and reproductive health
    Total Spending:
    $3,385
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $3385 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Adolescents and youth
    Increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls, in national development policies and programmes, particularly increased availability of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health
    Total Spending:
    $195,162
    Implemented by:
    NGO $106,442 (55%)
    GOV $33,184 (17%)
    UNFPA $55,536 (28%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (54)
    Non-core Resources (46)
    Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
    Increased national capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy for incorporating adolescents and youth skills and capabilites
    Total Spending:
    $174,996
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $45569 (26%)
    NGO $96243 (55%)
    GOV $33184 (19%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (60)
    Non-core Resources (40)
    Youth leadership and participation
    Increased national capacity to design and implement community and school based comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programmes that promote human rights and gender equality
    Total Spending:
    $20,166
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $9967 (49%)
    NGO $10199 (51%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Gender equality
    Advanced gender equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized women, adolescents and youth
    Total Spending:
    $392,763
    Implemented by:
    NGO $273,435 (70%)
    UNFPA $119,277 (30%)
    GOV $51 (0%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (34)
    Non-core Resources (66)
    Prevention and addressing of GBV
    Ending GBV
    Total Spending:
    $335,806
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $106877 (32%)
    NGO $228879 (68%)
    GOV $51 (0%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (26)
    Non-core Resources (74)
    Eliminating harmful practices
    Support for institutions on gender equality and women's empowerment
    Total Spending:
    $56,957
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $12400 (22%)
    NGO $44557 (78%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (83)
    Non-core Resources (17)
    Analysis on population dynamics
    Strengthened national policies and international development agendas through integration of evidence-based analysis on population dynamics and their links to sustainable development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality
    Total Spending:
    $9,706
    Implemented by:
    GOV $8,303 (86%)
    UNFPA $1,403 (14%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (15)
    Non-core Resources (85)
    National population data system
    Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic
    Total Spending:
    $10,280
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $1977 (19%)
    GOV $8303 (81%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (19)
    Non-core Resources (81)
    Demographic intelligence
    Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic disparities
    Total Spending:
    $-574
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $-574 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)

    Programme Documentation

    CPE Lesotho [2018] (DP/FPA/2017/13)
    Cycle: 2018-2018
    CPD Lesotho [2019-2023] (DP/FPA/CPD/LSO/7)
    Cycle: 2019-2023
    CPD Lesotho [2013-2017] (DP/FPA/CPD/LSO/6)
    Cycle: 2013-2017
    CPD Lesotho [2008-2012] (DP/FPA/CPD/LSO/5)
    Cycle: 2008-2012
    UNDAF Lesotho [2013-2017]
    Cycle: 2013-2017
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