In Lesotho, as it does throughout southern Africa, Pact fights to turn back the tide of HIV/AIDS and help those infected with the virus continue to lead fulfilling lives without stigma or discrimination.
Lesotho is believed to have the third-highest rate of HIV infections in the world, behind only neighboring South Africa and Swaziland, with one of every three or four people living with HIV/AIDS, many unaware of it.
In 2009, just as the global economic crisis undermined diamond prices and textile exports, two of the country’s main industries, Pact arrived in Lesotho to offer its internationally renowned capacity-development expertise to homegrown organizations already battling the disease and eager to learn how to do it better.
One partner, Phelisanang Bophelong, has emerged as a national leader in educating, supporting, caring and advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, PB, as its known, reaches more than 10,000 people a year, most of them in remote areas.