Landscape view of Lesotho, featuring traditional stone buildings in the foreground and mountains in the distance

Lesotho

In Lesotho we work to build healthy communities, with a focus on improving young people’s sexual and reproductive health and social accountability.

Healthy communities

Young people take part in a group session to rate sexual health services in Mafeteng, Lesotho

Group sessions give young people the space to rate the health services available to them

In the Mafetang district, we work with the Ministry of Health to improve access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services for vulnerable adolescents. Together, we’ve established 17 dedicated youth-friendly spaces within health facilities, and trained 680 peer educators who offer counselling and advice to young people – especially herd boys, one of the area’s most marginalised and hard-to-reach populations.

We’re empowering young people to exercise their rights to quality healthcare, and hold the government accountable when standards fall short. Adolescents have used a scorecard system to rate the health services available to them, showing them that they have the right to expect – and demand – adequate SRH services.

Improving young people's access to SRH information and services

Our partnership with Tackle Africa and Skillshare uses the power of football to provide young people with essential knowledge about SRH, whilst giving them the confidence to realise their sexual health rights. Through coaching, drills and tournaments, young people are encouraged to discuss SRH issues in an engaging and non-threatening space.

Contact us

If you are interested in supporting our work across southern Africa, or if you have another query, get in touch with our Pretoria hub:

Postal address: PO Box 11084, The Tramshed, Pretoria 0126, South Africa
Office location: 1st Floor, Celtis Plaza South Wing, 1085 Francis Baard (formerly Schoeman street), Hatfield, Pretoria, 0083, South Africa

Tel: (+27) (0)12 342 7205 / 7541 / 3620
Email: zandile.phofu@vsoint.org


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A student at Umutara School for the Deaf

Inclusive sexual and reproductive health and rights

Supporting the most vulnerable people to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights.