Team in Lesotho

Josephine Muhairwe (Coordinator of project implementation)

dsc02392.jpgJosephine is a Ugandan physician with longstanding experience as a public health consultant for different organizations in the UK, USA, Uganda and Lesotho. She is currently the Country Coordinator for SolidarMed in Lesotho and, hence, is responsible for all country projects and supervises all SolidarMed staff in Lesotho. Josephine lives with her family in the capital of Lesotho (Maseru) and – whenever she has time between busy Ministry of Health or partner NGO meetings – she enjoys good food.


Alain Amstutz (Local Principal Investigator & Study Physician)

DSC02386Alain graduated from University of Basel as a medical doctor. Early during his studies, he gained substantial knowledge in methodological aspects of randomized clinical trials while working for the Basel Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Pulled by his strong interest in foreign cultures, travelling and infectious diseases he ended up at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the “Towards 90-90-90” research consortium. The consortium offers him to combine all his interests by pursuing a clinical research PhD in the field of operational HIV/AIDS management. He currently lives in Lesotho and dedicated his free time to learning funny Sesotho words (local language).


Thabo I. Lejone (Local Deputy Principal Investigator & Community ART Nurse)

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Thabo grew up in Lesotho and gained more than 5 years of experience in clinical management of HIV/AIDS and TB as a nurse, before choosing a research career path. While working for SolidarMed as a project nurse, he was exposed to his first research projects (CART-1 trial and CASCADE trial) and soon became the Research Manager for SolidarMed. He successfully completed his Master in International Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. He lives in Butha-Buthe (Lesotho) and his favourite Swiss food, while studying in Switzerland, was Döner Kebab.


Bienvenu L. Nsakala (Study Physician)

dsc02415.jpgBienvenu is originally from The Democratic Republic of Congo, but lives and works in Lesotho since many years. He is a physician, specialized in clinical HIV/AIDS management. He joined SolidarMed in 2015 as the Clinical Advisor for the SolidarMed HIV/AIDS programme in Lesotho and got involved in more and more research projects since then. He lives with his wife, daughter, and his new-born son in Butha-Buthe (Lesotho), and bakes the best carrot cake in country.


Lefu Khesa (Community ART Nurse, Mokhotlong)

dsc02408.jpgLefu only recently joined SolidarMed and the research consortium. Previously he worked as a nurse in one of the 10 remote nurse-led health centres in Butha-Buthe district (Lesotho). He has a profound knowledge in clinical HIV/AIDS (and TB) management and now wants to expand his knowledge in research. For GET ON research project he will move to a new district (Mokhotlong). He will take up the position as the Community ART Nurse for the district of Mokhotlong, and therefore, will be responsible for all HIV-positive individuals put on ART during the door-to-door HIV testing campaign. He is a passionate soccer player and father of two beautiful daughters.


Mathebe Kopo (Campaign Organizer / Research Assistant Butha-Buthe)

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Mathebe graduated from National University of Lesotho as a Bachelor of Sociology and Social Anthropology, collected experience in the field of HIV/AIDS testing and counselling, and joined SolidarMed in 2017. First, as a study coordinator for another international study and now as the Campaign Organizer for GET ON. Mathebe grew up in Butha-Buthe town and singing is her big passion.


Mpho Kao (Campaign Organizer / Research Assistant Mokhotlong)

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After graduating from National University of Lesotho, Mpho gained extensive experience working for different NGOs. Before joining SolidarMed she organized HIV testing campaigns for PSI, a big american NGO, who were the first to introduce oral HIV self-test (using OraQuick) in Lesotho. This work made her becoming an expert regarding OraQuick. She is excited to serve as a Campaign Organizer in Mokhotlong and bring service to the people in the district, because she is originally from this mountaineous and remote area.


Lay Counsellor team in Mokhotlong:

Lay Counsellor team in Butha-Buthe:

Other collaborators in Lesotho:

  • ‘M’e Mashaete Kamele (SolidarMed District Coordinator, Butha-Buthe)
  • ‘M’e Laetitia Tanka (SolidarMed Senior Project Nurse and Coordinator for Mokhotlong)
  • Dr Lebohang Sao (District Health Manager Butha-Buthe, Butha-Buthe)
  • Dr Kyaw Thin (Research Coordination Unit, Ministry of Health, Maseru)
  • Laboratory team Butha-Buthe Government Hospital under the lead of ‘M’e Mabango Klaas