Strengthening District Hospitals and Health Centers in Lesotho

Strengthening District Hospitals and Health Centers in Lesotho

Duration: January 2007 – December 2011

Donor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation


  • Ministry of Health & Social Welfare
  • Boston University Medical Center

Overview: Over a period of five years the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), in cooperation with Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) will institute sustainable continuing medical and nursing education programs and a Family Medicine residency program, increase the return of Basotho physicians to Lesotho, improve the retention of Basotho nurses and physicians in Lesotho, transform two pilot district hospitals into vibrant, sustainable, well-utilized hospitals providing services of good quality in support of primary care and lay the groundwork for transforming other district hospitals in Lesotho.


  • Provide continuing nursing and physician education programs
  • Develop Family Medicine Training Program
  • Improve retention and return of Basotho nurses and physicians
  • Improve management capacity at two district hospitals
  • Develop the Lesotho Medical Association Journal
  • Conduct baseline surveys on nursing competences
  • Update Polices and Procedures as well as Standard of Care Manual for hospital based nursing
  • Developing competency-based curriculum for on site nursing refresher course