The entire landmass of Lesotho, home to 2 million inhabitants, lies 1,000 metres above sea level, making it the ‘highest nation on earth’

’Lesotho is crippled by poverty, famine and one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world. However, with the help of MAF, Lesotho’s mountain airstrips are a gateway through which access to food, medicines, and other essential services can be delivered.

MAF pilots and planes provide safe, efficient air transportation for over 35 partner agencies. Two of MAF’s partners, Lesotho Flying Doctor Service and Partners In Health, are the sole providers of healthcare to nearly 200,000 people – serving 12 rural mountain health posts from over 20 dirt airstrips carved into the nation’s rugged mountains.

MAF’s ministry doesn’t end when a patient makes it to the hospital or returns to their village – Basotho Christians like Sefiri follow up on patients in remote villages by sharing the Gospel and extending support to medical staff and villagers.

In 2014, our lifeline began directly involving communities in airstrip maintenance, taking the opportunity to build relationships, share the Good News, and encourage the stewardship of remote airstrips by villagers.

Main base


Program began


Aircraft used

Cessna 206 (x5)


11 international
19 national

Did you know?

We served 4,184 passengers across 22 locations in 2014, and work with 15 partner organisations

Main partners

Africa Inland Mission
Southern Baptist Mission
William J Clinton Foundation
Catholic Relief Services
Samaritan’s Purse
Apostolic Faith Mission

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