As a part of our work with AIDSFree, EnCompass staff developed this flyer for the Lapeng Care Centre in Lesotho. The Lapeng Care Centre is a safe space where women, boys, and girls who have experienced gender-based violence can access free counselling services, referrals to other services, or temporary shelter. It is run by professional counsellors and nurses. Contact information and process notes are included on this flyer.
Gender-based violence is personal. Global estimates published by the World Health Organization indicate that about 1 in 3 women worldwide (35 percent) have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetimes.
Scant data exists on the prevalence of violence against children worldwide. However, available information shows that violence against children is a global problem. This desktop study aims to glean from published and grey literature the extent of sexual violence and exploitation against children in Lesotho. The goal of this study is to better understand the government of Lesotho's national response efforts to reduce violence against children.
The purpose of this situation analysis, conducted for AIDSTAR-One, was to understand what supports and hinders effective care for children who have experience sexual violence and exploitation in Lesotho. The study examined the services being implemented, facilitated, or provided by community- and facility-based partners for children who have experienced sexual violence and exploitation; what is working well; and where there are gaps.
In this expanded role under USAID’s AIDSFree program, EnCompass provides technical assistance to USAID’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programs. VMMC is a highly effective procedure in reducing the spread of HIV and increasing the accessibility of HIV testing services for males.
When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, about 90 percent of the male workforce worked in South Africa, primarily in the gold mines, with few opportunities to return home to their families. One of these men was married to a neighbor of mine.