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Nikita Gurudas

program manager

Lesotho has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, with many people unaware of their status. Pact has worked for more than a decade in Lesotho to turn back the tide of HIV and AIDS and help those living with the virus to obtain testing and treatment and lead fulfilling lives without stigma or discrimination.

Like nearly all of Pact's HIV programming, our work in Lesotho revolves heavily around building the capacity of local organizations and agencies to respond to the epidemic. This means our work leaves a lasting impact and builds self-reliance among local communities. 

Stories and Highlights

Boys exercising in a field

A team effort: Coaching adolescent boys on the importance of respecting women and girls

December 8, 2021
Life at home and at school for Burki, an adolescent boy from Kenya, used to be contentious. He would often show a lack of respect for his parents and teachers and, according to his mother, toward...

With online mobilization, a Pact partner in Lesotho reaches critical groups with HIV services

September 27, 2021
Because of discrimination and stigma, in Lesotho, men who have sex with men often are afraid to seek out HIV and other health services. Yet they are among the most important groups to reach, as they...

In remote Lesotho, a transgender woman overcomes discrimination, finds purpose as an HIV peer educator

September 27, 2021
At age 25, Nthabie has experienced more than her share of difficulty in life. As a transgender woman from the remote outskirts of Butha-Buthe, in northern Lesotho, she was often bullied in school...
Musongole Mutambo, right, with fellow peer educators Melvin Malambo and Kennedy Zulu, before heading to the streets.

Meet ‘HIV resilience heroes’ – leading the charge in the global fight against AIDS

June 18, 2020
Musongole Mutambo is a 29-year-old mechanic in Zambia. Several years ago, after watching relative after relative succumb to HIV, he had a conversation with his mother about what might be done to stop...

Empowering caregivers in Lesotho

June 11, 2014
Mathuso Mokoenya, a 32-year-old mother of four in Lesotho, struggled to provide for her family after her husband left in search of work in South Africa. Although she worked at a local hair salon in...