Quick Facts

  • Officially the Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Formerly Basutoland
  • Gained independence from UK in 1966
  • Located in Southern Africa – slightly smaller than the state of Maryland
  • Capital city: Maseru (pop. 267,000)
  • Divided into 10 districts
  • Population: 1,947,701
  • Official languages: English, Sesotho
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Climate: temperate
  • Economy: based on agriculture, livestock, manufacturing and mining
  • Literacy rate: 79.4%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A parliamentary constitutional democracy
  • Chief of state: King Letsie III (since 1996)
  • Head of government: Prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili (since 2015)


Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 487/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 49.03/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 52.86 years
  • Health expenditures: 11.5% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.05/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 1.3/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 23.39%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Field Stories

Pharmacy in the FIELD!! This is a very important aspect of field trips. Often times you may be fortunate and have a pharmacist come along on the trip. A couple of pre-trip rules I have learned when it comes to this aspect of the operation… 1. Have someone in charge of pharmacy well before the trip. This person […]


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