Collaborative integrated cervical cancer, non-communicable and Communicable diseases screening services in Lesotho

Partnership objectives  

  • To increase community knowledge about cervical cancer, and other priority non- communicable and communicable diseases in the 3 districts of Lesotho.
  •  To strengthen the capacity of the Health Care Workers on cervical cancer cervical cancer, other priority non- communicable and communicable diseases screening. 
  •  To increase access to screening services  in the 3 districts 
  • To strengthen screening services through operational research within routine services in order to ensure quality and cost –effective Primary Health Care essential package.

What are the health needs and challenges?

  • Increase in NCDs especially reproductive health cancers. Cervical cancer is the most common – 40.9%, followed by breast cancer with 18% then prostate ca which accounts for 13.5%.
  • The cases are often detected late and mortality is high.
  • High HIV prevalence – 25% of 15-49 years, it also contributes to high incidence of cancer due to compromised immune system.
  • No cancer treatment centre in Lesotho, so they are referred to Bloemfontein in South Africa for treatment which is very costly to the government.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Conduct joint outreach screening services; all 7 collaborating Health centres will contribute resources including human resources and work as a team screening for cervical cancer, other RH cancers and other NCDs as well as HIV and TB.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Adoption of the outreach screening services for cervical cancer and other NCDs by Ministry of Health and it partners. To promote early detection and treatment of cervical and all reproductive health cancers; and other NCDs to reduce the disease burden and budgetary implications thereof. 

Measurement of progress towards objectives 

  • Estimated overall value of partnership: USD 600,000
  • Estimated amount of people impacted: 109,972  (population served by 7 Health Centres in 3 Districts)

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) Lesotho Red Cross Society, Senkatana Centre of Excellence

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases, Infectious Diseases

Disease(s) Arthritis & Osteoperosis, Asthma, Atrial Fibrillation, Autoimmune Diseases, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cervical Cancer, Childhood Cancers, Chronic kidney disease, Diabetes, Diseases of the Nervous System, Fistula, Haemophilia, Hematology Disorders, HIV/AIDS, Hypertension, Leukemia, Mental Health, Respiratory Diseases, Sickle Cell Anemia, Thrombotic diseases, Tobacco Control, Tuberculosis

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach, Research & Development - Operations Research


Start Date 2016

More information Lesotho Red Cross

Anticipated completion date 2019

« “To date there is no referral or Cancer treatment centre in Lesotho. Cervical cancer has been the single largest cause for referral from Queen Elizabeth II (QEII), the former referral hospital, to Bloemfontein. »

Dr. Pearl Ntsekhe., director Senkantana Centre of Excellence.