Lesedi-Lechabile Primary Healthcare Service in South African Mining Communities

This program supports the provision of integrated healthcare to vulnerable populations belonging to South African Mining Communities.

Lesedi-Lechabile in South Africa

Established through the partnership of USAID with mining firms and health care institutions, the Lesedi-Lechabile Primary Care program provides management and prevention of STDs, HIV, testing, counseling, treatment and target-specific health education. The participating partners include Harmony Gold, Gold Fields, Johns Hopkins Health Education in South Africa (JHHESA), National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the Department of Health (District, Province and National). The program was prompted by the original Lesedi project, a community-based intervention launched in 1996 that focused on STI/HIV prevalence in high-risk groups living in peri-mine areas in South Africa. Lesedi-Lechabile was then registered in 2002 as a non-profit organization to deliver preventive and curative services to men, women and youth at risk. To date, thousands of men, women and youth have received improved health care and clinical services. The Lesedi-Lechabile Primary Care is based at Ernest Oppenheimer Hospital and operates around the South African mining towns of Virginia, Theunissen, Allanridge, Odendaalsrus and Welkom.


  • Harmony

    Goods Supplier
    South Africa | Staff size: 10,000+

    Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited engages in the exploration, extraction, and processing of gold in South Africa and Papua New Guinea (PNG). In South Africa, the company has ten underground...

  • Gold Fields

    Goods Supplier
    South Africa | Staff size: 10,000+

    Gold Fields Limited is a South African gold mining firm formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the gold assets of Gold Fields of South Africa Limited and Gencor Limited. The company is...

  • Johns Hopkins Health Education in South Africa (JHHESA)

    South Africa | Staff size: Unknown

    Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JHHESA) is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the health and well-being of all South Africans.

    In achieving its broader...

  • Department of Health (South Africa)

    South Africa | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Department of Health is the executive department of the South African government which is assigned to health...

  • National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF)

    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    The National Lotteries Board (NLB) was established to regulate the National Lottery as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries to raise funds and promotional competitions. The...

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

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Key Information

LocationSouthern Africa, South Africa
  • Start Date 2002