The Ministry of Health of Lesotho with the support of the World Bank funded Nutrition and Health Systems Strengthening Project (P170278) are aiming to conduct a study of Lesotho’s regional and district hospitals, writes Mail & Guardian. The goal of this study is to (i) conduct a baseline analysis of 17 hospitals for the NHSSP against which future progress can be assessed, and (ii) provide analysis to compare hospital performance between public and church-owned hospitals and the Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) in Lesotho.
Lesotho has 17 district/regional hospitals in the public and church-owned sector: two regional and 15 district hospitals. The 2017 Public Expenditure Review (PER) identified very low bed occupancy rates in hospitals in 2015. This points to idle capacity in hospitals or problems in access to care. By contrast, the bed occupancy rate at the QMMH has been consistently higher than 70%.