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.