With no intervention, up to 45% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers could be born with or contract the virus. This can be reduced to less than 5% with effective interventions. In Lesotho, health workers are traveling far and wide to make sure HIV-positive mothers do whatever they can to prevent HIV transmission to their babies. Mothers often refuse to seek treatment because of the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS, but HIV Counsellor Lefulesele Masokanye knows more than most how this can be fatal.
Sadly, we must report that Lefulesele has since died of her illness.