Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Lesotho

Written by: The DHS Program

16 Jun, 2016

From left to right: Joanna Lowell of The DHS Program, Mr. Leutsoa Matsoso and Motsoanku Grace ‘Mefane of the Ministry of Health, Michelle Surdyk of USAID, Anna Masheane-Moseneke and Mahlape Ramoseme of the Ministry of Health

Name(s): Mrs. Anna Malefa Masheane/Moseneke (HIV/TB Clinical Officer), Miss Motsoanku Grace ‘Mefane (Sexual and Reproductive Health Manager), Miss Mahlape Ramoseme (Chief Statistician), and Mr. Leutsoa Matsoso (Head M&E Officer) of the Ministry of Health.

Country of origin:  Lesotho

When not working, favorite place to visit:

Anna: At the stadium watching football.

Motsoanku Grace: Public places to meet people, like hotels and parks, usually in the afternoon.

What has been the nicest surprise visiting The DHS Program headquarters?

Anna: Everybody seem to be busy doing their work.

Motsoanku Grace: The lack of noise.

Mahlape: Your team spirit towards your visitors.

What do you miss most about home when you are here?

Anna: Family members.

Motsoanku Grace: Braai and Papa.

Mahlape: Friends.

Leutsoa: Colleagues.

What is the biggest difference between The DHS Program headquarters office and your office at home?

Anna: Security here is very tight.

Motsoanku Grace: Staff here can work from home while in Lesotho we are always expected to come on duty for work.

What is your favorite DHS final report cover?

All: The 2009 Lesotho DHS.

Favorite DHS chapter or indicator?

Anna: Maternal Health.

Motsoanku Grace: Child Health.

Mahlape: HIV/AIDS.

What population or health issue are you most passionate about? 

Anna: Children under five.

Motsoanku Grace: Women of childbearing age.

How do you hope the DHS data from your country will be used?

Anna: For advocating for support from partners.

Motsoanku Grace: Prioritizing funding.

Mahlape: Decision making.

What have you learned from the DHS experience?

Anna: I find it easy to read and understand the tables now.

Motsoanku Grace: How to interpret surveys and write what results from them.

The 2014 Lesotho DHS was released on June 15, 2016. Download the final report here:


  • The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries. The DHS Program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Contributions from other donors, as well as funds from participating countries, also support surveys. The project is implemented by ICF.

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