Health Care and Support

Paballong has been fully equipped since 2007 and now has a staff complement of 35 who provide voluntary counselling and testing (VCT), antiretroviral therapy (ART), and the treatment of opportunistic diseases, including tuberculosis (TB), with the training and using the guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare. Since 2008 all services have been provided for free.

To date[1] the Centre has received 60,934 visits by 6,357 clients, of whom 1,817 are on ART. Many patients, especially those on ART, visited several times. The Centre has tested the HIV status of 4,253 people, performed Voluntary Medical Circumcision on 190 men, and provided 21,831 treatments for opportunistic diseases. Free lunches have been provided to 48,249 people, both patients and care-givers. In addition, the Centre offered PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission), ante / post-natal care and family planning programmes to 5,172 clients.

Paballong has moved on enormously from its original aim: while meeting the needs of HIV and AIDS patients and their caregivers is still the primary purpose of the Centre, substantial efforts have been made to use the Centre in other ways including to improve socio-economic opportunities for local communities.

The first major reconstruction project was building a day care centre using funding successfully sourced from Sentebale (a charity established by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso), with match funding from Aqualia Foundation. The Dr Titi Mohapi Day Care Centre was officially opened on 24th May 2013. The second major project has been that of Paballong’s Youth Centre. Towards the end of 2013 work started on refurbishing another old building on the commercial site, using funds donated by the German Embassy and Paballong Netherlands. The Youth Centre was officially opened on 25th October 2014 by the Area Chief, Mr Mathealira Masupha, representatives from the German Embassy and the Government’s Ministry of Gender, Sports and Recreation, Paballong’s Patron in Lesotho Dr Timothy Thehane, and local dignatories, teachers and staff. You can see below how the ruin has been completely rebuilt to create the new Youth Centre, and can view the Opening Ceremony below. And finally, on 20th January 2017, the Dr Neville Sacks Hall was formally opened in the presence of two of his children and the Minister of Health. This new addition to the Paballong Centre provides a space within the community for awareness and training activities, and generating income if rented out for conferences and workshops.

 
 

Outreach

The Centre has reached out to the surrounding communities by supporting village support groups; by sharing experiences and training with visitors and officials; by organising World AIDS Day celebrations; and by supporting income-generating cooperatives. The Centre is also a distribution centre for WFP.

In addition to the PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission) programme, the Centre introduced Family Planning and Ante/Post Natal Care programmes in 2011. The following services are provided free of charge:

Care Services

  • Voluntary counselling and testing
  • Antiretroviral treatment
  • Treatment of opportunistic diseases
  • Anti-TB medication
  • Counselling of patients
  • Spiritual counselling
  • Counselling and training of caregivers
  • Follow-up of clients on ART, including home visits
  • Training and support to Village Health Workers and Support Groups

Prevention Services

  • Voluntary Medical Circumcision
  • Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT);
  • Ante / Post Natal Care
  • Family Planning
  • Providing its facilities and staff for awareness raising
  • Outreach for prevention programmes to schools, institutions, etc.
  • Male directed awareness raising
  • Annual World AIDS Day celebrations
  • Paballong Youth Centre

Mitigation Services

  • Training in home gardening
  • Training in animal rearing
  • Training in nutrition
  • Initiating and supporting income-generating projects for the surrounding communities
  • World Food Programme food distribution point
  • Free lunches for clients
  • Dr Titi Mohapi Day Care Centre

[1] Paballong Trust, 10 Year Anniversary of the Paballong HIV/AIDS Care Centre (2007-2016)