U.S. HIV/AIDS Activist Visits Lesotho with a Message of Openness and Hope

The U.S Embassy in Maseru is delighted to host American HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent in Lesotho from September 6-10, 2016. During her visit to the Mountain Kingdom, Ms. Broadbent will meet with a wide variety of Basotho including HIV/AIDS activists, legal advocates, Ministry of Health representatives, and young people. The Embassy is pleased to partner on Ms. Broadbent’s program with the Lesotho Network of People Living with AIDS (LENEPWA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Population Services International (PSI), Kick4Life, Baylor, and Peace Corps. Ms. Broadbent will also give a pubic talk on Healthy Futures for Basotho Women at the American Corner at the State Library on Thursday, September 8 at 14:00 as part of the celebration of 50 Years of Women in Lesotho organized with Alliance Française, the Morija Museum and Archives, and Sesotho Media & Development, and other organizations.

At age three Ms. Broadbent was diagnosed HIV positive; age six she became an activist and began speaking publicly about her life and challenges. Now 32, she has devoted her life to sharing a message of prevention and hope with audience across the United States and around the world. Ms. Broadbent’s visit complements the Embassy’s overall efforts, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to help Lesotho achieve the Sustainable Development goal of ending HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The United States government, with the generous support of the American people, has committed more than $300 million to the HIV/AIDS response in Lesotho since 2007.

President Barack Obama said in his 2015 World AIDS Day Proclamation, “We cannot achieve an AIDS-free generation without addressing the pervasive presence of HIV throughout the world…America will remain a leader in the effort to end HIV/AIDS while continuing to work with the international community to address this challenge and secure a healthier future for all people.”

This year, 2016, marks 50 years of partnership and diplomatic cooperation between the United States and the Kingdom of Lesotho. For the last half century we have worked together toward our shared goal of a stable, healthy, and prosperous future for all Basotho. The visit by Ms. Broadbent is one of several events the U.S. Embassy has organized to highlight this historic friendship including posting 50 memorable images symbolizing the #50YearsOfPartnership on the Embassy’s Facebook page each Friday through the end of the year.

For further information, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at 2231-2666 ext. 4314 or email TsiameST@state.gov.