Health Research and Evaluation

Baseline Study of Queen Elizabeth II Hospital

The study provided a comprehensive baseline study of the availability, quantity, and quality of services existing at Queen Elizabeth II hospital (the national referral hospital) and three associated filter clinics as well as volume and cost of cross-border referrals. This study has informed many elements of the 18-year contract negotiated with the Government of Lesotho for the operation of the new Public-Private Partnership hospital by Netcare Consortium. This baseline, periodically repeated, will also provide essential information for assessing the impact of the PPP hospital over time.

Baseline Needs Assessment with Cost & Utilization Study for Select Hospitals

The Lesotho Boston Health Alliance (LeBoHA) collected baseline data of district hospitals with specific focus on TY Hospital in Berea and Motebang Hospital in Leribe. The assessment aimed to (1) collect both qualitative and quantitative data for the key indicators selected and identified in the proposal to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, (2) better understand the current levels of service delivery provided at the district level, and (3) begin the process of collaboration and staff development at the district level. Baseline data was also collected for 6 other hospitals (Ntsekhe, Mafeteng, Scott, Mamohau, Paray, and St. James) for purposes of comparison and planning for later expansion to other districts.

Our plan is for the collection, analysis, discussion and use of this type of data to become an integral part of district level operations and will not require the use of consultants from elsewhere in Lesotho. We have also begun to demonstrate that data is not something collected for some one else in some distant place, but rather it is what you collect to do your own job well.