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Pascalinah Kabi

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About Pascalinah
PASCALINAH KABI is  the author of Pollution, Profits and the People - an incendiary book that exposes disastrous effects of mining operations on water courses in Lesotho. Pascalinah is the first Lesotho investigative journalist to publish under her Bertha Challenge fellowship. 

Pascalinah, a freelance investigative journalist, wants to be remembered as a champion of social justice journalism. Pascalinah's work focuses on environment and food security, human rights, health and gender. Kabi seats at the MNN Investigative Center for Journalism Board of Directors as a media expert. 

Pascalinah's work appears on MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism, VaccinesWork, Daily Maverick, Public Eye, AFP and Lesotho Times.
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Basotho men buck stereotypes to champion routine childhood immunisation

01 Oct 2023  |  www.gavi.org
In Lesotho, men are challenging traditional gender roles by actively participating in routine childhood immunisation, a task typically seen as a woman's responsibility. The Mantsopa Institute, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Lesotho Ministry of Health, is spearheading a campaign to involve men in public health initiatives. Key figures like Kiti Mokebe and Neo Ramatla are setting examples by taking their children and grandchildren for vaccinations, despite societal mockery. The campaign aims to break down patriarchal barriers and improve immunisation rates, with the Ministry of Health emphasizing the importance of male involvement in decision-making for family health.

Lesotho's Public-Private Hospital Partnership Plunges into Financial Distress

05 Apr 2023  |  Bhekisisa
The article investigates the financial and operational challenges faced by the Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital in Lesotho, which is run by a public-private partnership led by South African hospital group Netcare. The partnership is consuming nearly a third of Lesotho's health budget, and Netcare has applied to the Lesotho High Court for judicial management, claiming the consortium owes it millions for services provided. The article discusses the hospital's impact on the nation's health budget and the controversy surrounding the contract's terms, including allegations of overcharging and lack of services. Oxfam has criticized the contract for posing a financial risk to the government, and former Lesotho Health Minister ‘Molotsi Monyamane has called the model flawed. The World Bank, which advised on the deal, is urged to take responsibility for the contract's flaws. The article also covers the dispute between Netcare and local shareholders over the management and financial practices within the consortium.

US fashion contaminates Africa’s water

25 Sep 2021  |  mg.co.za
Lesotho's textile industry, supplying garments to American fashion brands, is causing severe environmental and health issues due to water pollution and dangerous working conditions. Factories like Formosa Textiles are linked to water contamination in Maseru and Maputsoe, with workers and residents suffering from chronic health problems. Despite the significance of clean water, Lesotho is projected to become water stressed by 2025. The Water Witness International report highlights pollution in five African countries, with untreated effluent from textile factories killing river life. The African Growth and Opportunity Act has facilitated the industry's growth, but at a high cost to the environment and public health.

Lesotho’s ‘white gold’: Water, water everywhere ... but not a drop to drink for local communities

11 Apr 2021  |  dailymaverick.co.za
Lesotho has sold large quantities of water to South Africa, earning significant revenue, but local communities near the dams have not benefited from this wealth. Villagers struggle to access clean water, facing contaminated sources and broken infrastructure. The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority and the Department of Rural Water Supply have not resolved the issue, leading to health problems and a heavy burden on women and children. The situation is exacerbated by allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds, with little improvement in the affected communities' living conditions.

Water, water everywhere… but not a drop to drink

29 Mar 2021  |  Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism
Communities near Lesotho's largest dams struggle to access clean water despite the country's lucrative water sales to South Africa. Villagers face health issues from contaminated water, while government agencies dispute responsibility for infrastructure maintenance. The Lesotho Highlands Water Project, though praised for regional cooperation, has not benefited local communities, leading to criticism of both Lesotho and South African governments for mismanagement and corruption. The ongoing water scarcity severely impacts daily life, particularly for women and children, and raises concerns about future dam projects.

Meet the man who stopped at nothing to feed his family in Lesotho

11 Mar 2021  |  www.euronews.com
The article highlights the life of Motoana Tlali, a miner from Lesotho who worked in South African gold mines for 32 years to support his family. Despite the dangerous and grueling conditions, including witnessing a fatal accident, Tlali persevered until his death from pneumonia at 68. His story, part of Euronews' Cry Like a Boy series, sheds light on the sacrifices and pressures faced by mining families in Lesotho. Tlali's son, Tlali Benedict Tlali, aspires to follow in his father's footsteps, viewing mining as a path out of poverty.

Living and dying as a clandestine miner: Men strive to provide for their families

18 Feb 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Thousands of men in Lesotho, pressured to provide for their families, work as illegal miners in dangerous conditions. The podcast 'Cry Like a Boy' explores their struggles, highlighting the double trauma they face: abuse in the mines and rejection at home if they return empty-handed. The story draws parallels with European migrant miners' hardships, emphasizing the persistent pressure on men to be sole breadwinners and the psychological toll it takes. The narrative underscores the universal and historical nature of these challenges, affecting men across different cultures and eras.

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