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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 2021 View more
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National plan for sexual and reproductive health

A costed, integrated national plan was developed for sexual and reproductive health, which prioritizes access for key groups
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Out-of-school comprehensive sexuality education

A national mechanism or strategy was in place to deliver out-of-school comprehensive sexuality education in accordance with international standards
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Reproductive rights, laws and policies

Strategies were in place to align laws, policies and regulations on reproductive rights
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Men and boys

A national mechanism was in place to engage men and boys in national policies and programmes
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Social norm mapping

A social norm assessment, based on the UNFPA social norm framework, was completed
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Social norms change programmes

The UNFPA manual on social norms and change was utilized
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Data on gender-based violence

National systems were in place to collect and disseminate data on the incidence of gender-based violence
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National plans against harmful practices

A costed national action plan to address harmful practices was developed
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Minimum Initial Services Package

288
Health service providers and managers were trained on the minimum initial service package
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Life skills programmes for girls

1,598
Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes
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Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

80
Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms which affect women and girls
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Community declarations on harmful practices

16
Communities made public declarations to eliminate harmful practices, with support from UNFPA, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Key humanitarian results 2017

People reached with Dignity Kits

Total people reached with all types of GBV services

GBV survivors reached

Total women reached with all types of SRH services

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Dignity Kits distributed

Number of service delivery points supported that provide clinical management of rape

Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health

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Programme Activities

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    Lesotho 2021 Programme Activities data

    Utilization of sexual and reproductive health services
    Every woman, adolescent and youth everywhere, especially those furthest behind, has utilized integrated sexual and reproductive health services and exercised reproductive rights, free of coercion, discrimination and violence
    Total Spending:
    $1,048,065
    Implemented by:
    GOV $276,972 (26%)
    UNFPA $672,867 (64%)
    NGO $98,225 (9%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (49%)
    Non-core Resources (51%)
    Health workforce capacity
    Strengthened capacities of the health workforce, especially those of midwives, in health management and clinical skills for high-quality and integrated sexual and reproductive health services, including in humanitarian settings
    Total Spending:
    $91,018
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $31,574 (35%)
    GOV $59,444 (65%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (56)
    Non-core Resources (44)
    Delivery of sexual and reproductive health commodities
    Strengthened capacities to effectively forecast, procure, distribute and track the delivery of sexual and reproductive health commodities, ensuring resilient supply chains
    Total Spending:
    $109,163
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $70,273 (64%)
    GOV $38,891 (36%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (7)
    Non-core Resources (93)
    Sexual and reproductive health polices for those furthest behind
    Enhanced capacities to develop and implement policies, including financial protection mechanisms, that prioritize access to information and services for sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for those furthest behind, including in humanitarian settings
    Total Spending:
    $288,814
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $272,721 (94%)
    GOV $16,093 (6%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (23)
    Non-core Resources (77)
    Accountability for sexual and reproductive health
    Improved domestic accountability mechanisms for sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights through the involvement of communities and health-system stakeholders at all levels
    Total Spending:
    $52,508
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $50,308 (96%)
    GOV $2,200 (4%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (92)
    Non-core Resources (8)
    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Strengthened capacities to provide high-quality, integrated information and services for family planning, comprehensive maternal health, sexually transmitted infections and HIV, as well as information and services that are responsive to emergencies and fragile contexts
    Total Spending:
    $506,560
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $247,990 (49%)
    NGO $98,225 (19%)
    GOV $160,345 (32%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (68)
    Non-core Resources (32)
    Empowerment of young people
    Every adolescent and youth, in particular adolescent girls, is empowered to have access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, in all contexts
    Total Spending:
    $166,369
    Implemented by:
    GOV $58,669 (35%)
    UNFPA $69,429 (42%)
    NGO $38,270 (23%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (42%)
    Non-core Resources (58%)
    Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
    Young people, in particular adolescent girls, have the skills and capabilities to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and well-being
    Total Spending:
    $166,035
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $69,096 (42%)
    NGO $38,270 (23%)
    GOV $58,669 (35%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (42)
    Non-core Resources (58)
    Youth leadership and participation
    Young people have opportunities to exercise leadership and participate in sustainable development, humanitarian action and in sustaining peace
    Total Spending:
    $333
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $333 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
    Gender equality, the empowerment of all women and girls, and reproductive rights are advanced in development and humanitarian settings
    Total Spending:
    $182,796
    Implemented by:
    NGO $92,144 (50%)
    UNFPA $90,652 (50%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (89%)
    Non-core Resources (11%)
    Gender equality laws and policies
    Strengthened policy, legal and accountability frameworks to advance gender equality and empower women and girls to exercise their reproductive rights and to be protected from violence and harmful practices
    Total Spending:
    $13,483
    Implemented by:
    NGO $13,483 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Prevention and addressing of gender-based violence
    Increased multisectoral capacity to prevent and address gender-based violence using a continuum approach in all contexts, with a focus on advocacy, data, health and health systems, psychosocial support and coordination
    Total Spending:
    $137,515
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $90,652 (66%)
    NGO $46,863 (34%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (97)
    Non-core Resources (3)
    Elimination of harmful practices
    Strengthened response to eliminate harmful practices, including child, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation and son preference
    Total Spending:
    $31,798
    Implemented by:
    NGO $31,798 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (50)
    Non-core Resources (50)
    Organizational effectiveness and efficiency
    Organizational effectiveness and efficiency
    Total Spending:
    $29
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $29 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100%)
    Communication, resources mobilization and partnerships
    Enhanced communication, resource mobilization and partnerships for impact
    Total Spending:
    $29
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $29 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Population and development
    Everyone, everywhere, is counted, and accounted for, in the pursuit of sustainable development equality
    Total Spending:
    $35,914
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $35,914 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100%)
    Demographic intelligence
    Mainstreamed demographic intelligence to improve the responsiveness, targeting and impact of development policies, programmes and advocacy
    Total Spending:
    $35,914
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $35,914 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)

    Programme Documentation

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

    The designations employed and the presentation of material on the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNFPA concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.

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