World Vi­sion launches five-year strat­egy

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per­cent to 70 per­cent.

“How­ever, the in­fant, child and un­der-five mor­tal­ity rate re­mains at 59, 27, and 85 deaths per 1000 re­spec­tively and only 51 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion have ac­cess to im­proved san­i­ta­tion,” said Ms Okumu.

“Le­sotho also has the high­est HIV preva­lence rates with 23 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion liv­ing with HIV. New in­fec­tions stand at 19 000 per year.”

She said WVL’S pri­or­ity in­ter­ven­tions in the health sec­tor would in­clude strong com­mu­nity ad­vo­cacy, sen­si­tis­ing and mo­bil­is­ing faith com­mu­ni­ties to re­spond com­pas­sion­ately to is­sues re­lated to HIV, gen­der equity and gen­der-based vi- olence, ma­ter­nal and child health, and child pro­tec­tion.

“We will also sup­port and im­prove so­cial and psy­choso­cial ser­vices for chil­dren and fam­i­lies with Hiv-in­fected chil­dren as they de­velop and age,” said Ms Okumu.

In the food se­cu­rity sec­tor, she said 105 316 house­holds were sup­ported in ini­ti­at­ing in­come gen­er­at­ing projects such as pig­gery, poul­try, crop pro­duc­tion, bee keep­ing and fish­ery.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, WVL has sup­ported com­mu­ni­ties to in­stall green houses for veg­etable pro­duc­tion which ben­e­fited a to­tal 1 600 house­holds,” Ms Okumu said.

“With sup­port from the World Food Pro­gramme, 91 032 peo­ple, out of whom 9 510 were vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, ben­e­fit­ted from the food aid pro­gramme.”

How­ever, she noted that 23.6 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion were still food in­se­cure.

“Land degra­da­tion and cli­mate change, par­tic­u­larly per­sis­tent drought, flood­ing, and early frost, have caused low agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity,” Ms Okumu noted.

“The do­mes­tic ce­real pro­duc­tion cov­ers only 32 per­cent of the na­tional av­er­age ce­real need and 70 per­cent of the ce­real con­sump­tion is im­ported from South Africa.”

She said WVL would work to im­prove lo­cal value ad­di­tion and cre­at­ing mar­ket link­ages, im­prov­ing veg­etable pro­duc­tion through farmer man­aged green­house tech­nol­ogy and sup­port wa­ter har­vest­ing and small scale ir­ri­ga­tion.

Ms Okumu added that they would work to­wards s the es­tab­lish­ment of a chil­dren’s par­lia­ment.

“Such a body would cre­ate a plat­form for young peo­ple to air their views freely on is­sues that con­cern them and also to sen­si­tize dif­fer­ent sec­tors s of the so­ci­ety on pol­icy gaps,” shee said, adding that they would part­ner tner with govern­ment min­istries, ries, de­vel­op­ment part­ners,s, and other lo­cal stake­hold­er­sol­ders in their ini­tia­tives.

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