Mobile clinic for Ha-Ralikariki

Mobile clinic for Ha-Ralikariki

MASERU – THE Ministry of Health launched a mobile clinic in Ha-Ralikariki on Tuesday.
The clinic was provided by Jhpiego under a programme called Tsepo that is funded by the USAID
Jhpiego will supply three mobile clinics to provide comprehensive men’s health services closer to the community. The mission is to reach men nearer to their homes, workplaces, sports events and other gatherings.

The mobile clinics will reduce traditional barriers to health care such as geographic isolation, transportation issues, time constraints, financial costs and complex administrative paperwork.
The clinics will provide integrated HIV prevention combination services, including Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision to young and older males.
The director of health services in Leribe, Lepolesa Mpholo, said Basotho men are reluctant to access healthcare services unless their condition is severe. Mpholo said Leribe district has three men’s clinics at Pitseng, Hlotse and Maputsoe Filter Clinic.

The mobile clinics will adopt the Khotla Male Clinic Concept (implemented at Scott Hospital in Morija) that responded to research pointing out that generally Basotho men are reluctant to access healthcare services unless their condition is severe.
In response, the Khotla Male Clinic established integrated, client-centred men’s health services to reduce stigma around HIV/AIDS and address cultural barriers, thus improving male health-seeking behaviours.

One of the clients Kamohoa Phakoa said he was one of the people who were reluctant to access health services.
Phakoa said when he got sick he would just take traditional herbs.
He however said the mobile clinic has helped change his attitude.

“Therefore I encourage all men to access health services,” he said.
US Ambassador to Lesotho, Rebecca Gonzales, said she is proud of the strong relationship between Lesotho and the embassy.
She said the innovative approach to delivering men’s health services will go a long way to meet the needs of Basotho men wherever they are.
“I am delighted to be part of this launch that ensures men in this country (access health services),” she said.

Gonzales said the United States, through PEPFAR, has from 2014 to 2017 committed more than US$70 billion (about M1 trillion) worldwide and over US$384 million (about M5.7 billion) to the bilateral HIV response to Lesotho. On behalf of the Minister of Health, Water Minister Samonyane Ntsekele pleaded with men to access health services.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane

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