Our research consortium consists of researchers and health care providers from SwissTPH, the Ministry of Health of Lesotho, SolidarMed (Swiss organisation for Health in Africa), and the Molecular Virology Group at the Department of Biomedicine of the University of Basel.
We conduct randomized clinical trials, observational and molecular studies addressing current challenges and knowledge-gaps around HIV care provision in rural, resource-limited settings. Our studies aim at providing insights relevant for future HIV guidelines and policies in sub-Saharan African with a particular focus on differentiated care.
Aside from research, our group is committed to improving HIV diagnostics and treatment services through training, capacity building, mentoring and infrastructural support in Butha-Buthe and Mokhotlong Districts in Lesotho.
In Lesotho, one out of four people are infected with HIV
Lesotho, a small, impoverished and landlocked country surrounded by South Africa has, with 25% of the adult population, the second-highest HIV rate in the world. Our research projects are based in the Butha-Buthe District with current expansion to Mokhotlong District in Northern Lesotho. Both districts are predominantly rural and especially in the mountainous parts, patients have to overcome long distances to access health services.