In 2009, the Southern African HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS), with support from K4Health, conducted an HIV/AIDS information needs assessment among health care professionals in Lesotho. Building on the needs assessment findings, K4Health then conducted a participatory network mapping (Net-Map) exercise with relevant technical experts and knowledge management (KM) stakeholders to inform the design of KM activities in Lesotho.
In consultation with the National AIDS Commission (NAC), K4Health identified and trained two local consultants to conduct Net-Maps at the national, regional, and community levels of the health system. K4Health worked closely with NAC and the consultants to select Net-Map session participants, to analyze the results of the Net-Maps, and to draft a report combining findings from the three Net-Map sessions and the original needs assessment.
In May 2011, K4Health and SAfAIDS conducted a workshop with more than thirty local stakeholders to share results of the studies and to present proposed K4Health activities in Lesotho.
Since then, K4Health has been working closely with Letlama project partners, supporting them to use a private SHARE group to facilitate communication and knowledge exchange across the Letlama project. K4Health will also work with Phela Health & Development Communications to establish an information resource center for HIV communication materials.