Nthabeleng Nts’ekalle – HER Voice Ambassador, Lesotho
I work for an NGO called Lesotho Network of AIDS Service Organizations (LENASO). We advocate for people to test for HIV, screen for TB and other primary health care services. We work at the grassroots linking people to care and treatment and we work to ensure that they adhere to treatment. We work in the hardest-to-reach areas. My country is mountainous – often called the kingdom in the sky. It’s a rough terrain. Sometimes we must ride horses for two days to reach people most in need, where the girls have very limited information about HIV and how to protect themselves from the disease.
We need to find a way to get the information we share in these meetings to the communities. The communities where we work don’t know about essential tools like PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Some don’t even know how to use condoms. Saying that these tools are available is not enough. Providing information on contraceptives and prevention tools as well as making sure that these tools are available in places where these girls can access them are issues that are very dear to me. Leaders, priests, parents should be provided with information to know how important the knowledge and the tools to prevent HIV and other diseases are to us. We should have information and education all ‘round – to the girls, to the leaders, to the parents.
The article was published on The Global Fund website: https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/blog/2019-06-05-we-are-the-ones-who-are-going-to-end-hiv/ visit them for more on what they do they do. Ms Nts’ekalle is one of the many Basotho youth leaders who flew the country’s flag high at Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, Canada. MR.