Prince Harry Meets With HIV/AIDS Patients, Works at Orphanage in Lesotho
Britain's Prince Harry has met with HIV/AIDS patients and orphans and assisted in constructing a health clinic in Lesotho, where he is spending eight weeks of his year-long break from school, London's Times reports (Times, 3/3). The projects are part of a visit arranged by Lesotho's Prince Seeiso -- the younger brother of King Letsie III -- who invited the prince to the country (BBC News, 3/3). Prince Harry and friend George Hill are currently working at the Mants'ase Children's Home, which is south of the capital city of Maseru (Hennop, SAPA/AFP/Independent Online, 3/3). Some of the children in the orphanage have lost both parents to AIDS-related illnesses (Telegraph, 3/3). In addition, the prince followed a local doctor on his rounds with AIDS patients. About 31% of the country's two million people are estimated to be HIV-positive (Itano, Associated Press, 3/3). Prince Harry said that he hoped his trip would help "people back in England" realize that Lesotho needs more aid (BBC News, 3/3). The prince said, "Lesotho is not a country that is well-known, but it needs all the help it can get." The late Princess Diana, Prince Harry's mother, also was involved in AIDS work (Associated Press, 3/3).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.