Current Grants


Strengthening Professional Associations’ Recruitment and Retention Capacity (SPARRC)

Donor: European Commission

Project Period: January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2013

Overview: To strengthen the four medical professional associations [the Lesotho Medical Association, Lesotho Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Council, Lesotho Nurses Association and Lesotho Nursing Council] to promote, develop, implement and monitor high quality human resource policy and programming in Lesotho.


  • To increase the exchange of regional best practices and lessons learned between medical and nursing professional bodies
  • To empower the Lesotho Medical Association and the Lesotho Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Council’s role in the recruitment and retention of Basotho physicians
  • To strengthen the role of the Lesotho Nursing Council and the Lesotho Nurses Association in the recruitment and retention of Basotho nurses
  • To increase the capacity of both the Lesotho Medical Council and Lesotho Nursing Council to link physician and nurse re-licensure to a regionally appropriate continuing education system

Partners and Associates:

  • Lesotho Medical Association
  • Lesotho Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Council
  • Lesotho Nurses Association
  • Lesotho Nursing Council
  • Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • South African Nursing Council
  • Lesotho Medical Student Association

Expected Results

  • Improved internal capacity of the four target organizations
  • Improved recruitment of Basotho physicians to Lesotho
  • Improved retention of Basotho nurses trained in Lesotho
  • The establishment of a continuing medical education system in Lesotho
  • The establishment of a continuing nursing education system in Lesotho
  • The creation of a linking mechanism between continuing education and professional re-licensure
  • The formation and advocacy of strong and practical retention mechanisms for physicians and nurses in Lesotho

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Completing the Transformation of the Family Medicine Specialty Training Program to the MOHSW

Donor: President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Grantee: Ministry of Health & Social Welfare (MOHSW)

Sub-Grantee: Boston University Medical Center

Project Period: January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2012

Overview: To address the critical shortage of physicians in Lesotho by increasing the number of highly trained Family Medicine Specialists.

Activities Includes:

  • Development and implementation of a sustainable four-year family medicine specialty training program in Lesotho
  • Recruitment of Basotho physicians who have completed two years of internship into the  specialty training program
  • Training of registrars with the skills needed to provide full spectrum health care that is  needed in the district hospitals
  • Provision of registrars with public health and management skills
  • Development of medical resource centers at the training hospitals
  • Provision of daily “shoulder-to-shoulder” teaching and mentoring that will begin to build the culture of a teaching hospital in Lesotho
  • Provision of continuing professional development opportunities to local and regional medical providers

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Strengthening Community Health Services in a Nurse-Driven Health System

Donor: Izumi Foundation

Project Period: July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014

Overview: The goal of this program is to sustainably improve the quality of primary care in the Leribe District of Lesotho, improve the competency and skills of nursing professionals, enhance the delivery of health center services, and build relationships between nurses and members of local government to foster understanding and commitment to best practices in primary care.


  • Expand the continuing education program
  • Integrate clinical mentoring as a fundamental component of the continuing education program
  • Integrate the program with other training opportunities in the Leribe district and matriculate the competency curriculum to count towards continuing professional development points required for Lesotho Nursing Council re-licensure of nurses in the countr
  • Continue to build sustainability

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