The HIV / AIDS epidemic in Lesotho. HIV / AIDS policy fact sheet.
Lesotho has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates (the percent of people living with the disease) in the world, a much higher rate than the sub-Saharan African region overall (28.9% compared to 7.5%). As of the end of 2003, there were an estimated 320,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, or almost 3 in 10 adults. The epidemic has already had a profound effect in Lesotho, posing significant development challenges to this very low-income country. The Government of Lesotho formed the Lesotho AIDS Programme Coordinating Authority (LAPCA) in 2001, and is currently developing a National AIDS Strategic Plan for 2005-2008. The Government has also established a National AIDS Commission (NAC) to coordinate the country's response to the epidemic. (excerpt)