About the Paballong Centre

By 2001 eight Basotho professionals had became increasingly concerned about the effects HIV and AIDS were having on the country, and knew they could and should do more to support the national response. Antiretroviral drugs to control HIV (ARVs) were generally not available then, and most people suffering from Aids were looked after at home. The group therefore decided to establish a centre to support home-based care in crisis situations: when patients were too sick to be cared for at home they would reside temporarily at the centre to be treated; at the same time caregivers would be counselled and trained to look after the patient when he/she returned home. When the residential and commercial sites at Ha Senekane on the Berea Plateau (28 km outside Maseru) became available in 2001, they saw an opportunity to volunteer their various skills (medical, managerial, architectural, agricultural and educational) to establish such a centre. The first step was to set up the Paballong Trust, which was registered on 24th July 2001 with the Deeds Registry in Maseru (No. 26453). The second step was to register the Paballong HIV/AIDS Centre as a non-profit making society in Lesotho’s Societies Register on 17th August 2001 (No. 2001/72). Annual accounts are undertaken by Moores & Rowland.

Considerable thought was given to establishing the Centre so that it would provide health services to patients and support to care-givers in ways that were holistic (medical treatment, counselling, spiritual guidance, occupational therapy) as well as environmentally friendly. The entire Centre was therefore developed with long-term sustainability in mind: reducing its environmental footprint as well as its operational / running costs e.g. solar panels and methane generation for cooking. In addition, the agricultural centre was established to provide both fresh and nutritious daily meals for patients (any surplus being sold to raise funds) as well as a training facility to care-givers and local communities on good farming practices (e.g. animal rearing, keyhole gardens and trench gardening).

You can see more details of the sites here: Map of Paballong Sites. And if you want to read more about the Centre, please take a look at the detailed PowerPoint presentation Paballong Centre but be warned, the file size is nearly 10Mb!