The Lesotho Ministry of Health and Social Welfare launched its Family Medicine Speciality Training Program (FMSTP) in January of 2008 with faculty from Boston University, the University of the Free State in South Africa and local physicians leading the training. This program is intended to recruit home many of the Basotho students studying medicine in South Africa, provide them with the training necessary to meet the health care needs of Lesotho and the motivation to improve the conditions of the health system, and provide career opportunities that will retain them.
This is a central step in developing a long-term, sustainable system of care at the district level. Funding for the continued employment of faculty positions for this program after grant-funding ceases was approved by Cabinet in September 2006.
The Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA) has partnered with the Lesotho Medical Association to identify priorities for Continuing Medical Education (CME) of physicians in Lesotho. This has included providing technical and administrative support to strengthen and expand the Lesotho Learning and Sharing Forum for physicians and other health providers. In order to bring the latest findings in health care to the health care community, we have also provided editing and publishing services to revitalize the tri-annual Lesotho Medical Association Journal, which is now being distributed to all physicians in the country.