Maseru, Lesotho, June 25, 2021: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Country Director Dr. Andrew (Andy) Pelletier received the Kellie Lartigue-Ndiaye Humanitarian Award to recognize his outstanding leadership, guidance, and support to the Kingdom of Lesotho during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Dr. Andy has been a pivotal champion and contributor to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in Lesotho since 2015 and the field of public health since 1986 as a commissioned Public Health Officer with the CDC. For the last six years, Dr. Andy has provided extraordinary leadership and technical guidance to the U.S. Embassy, Ministry of Health, and PEPFAR partners in implementing the HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) program in Lesotho during his tenure as CDC Country Director in Lesotho.
Dr. Andy has been a driving force in developing programs to mitigate HIV/AIDS, TB, and COVID-19 in Lesotho. He has garnered wide respect and admiration not only from his team but from colleagues and partners across the country for his kindness, clear insight, and guiding vision.
The United States Embassy in Maseru congratulates Dr. Andrew Pelletier for his exceptional contributions to advancing PEPFAR Lesotho goals and his commitment to improving the health of the Basotho community.
The Kellie Lartigue-Ndiaye Humanitarian Award honors the memory of Kellie Lartigue-Ndiaye whose contributions to international health exemplified a selfless devotion to others. She worked tirelessly to improve the health and lives of others and did so with a passion and kindness that touched and inspired all who knew her. In her memory, this award recognizes CDC Division of Global HIV and TB staff members who display a humanitarian approach in their services and actions in the fight against HIV/AIDS and TB and whose achievements deserve special recognition of a high order.