The Blue Cross Advocacy and Outpatient Treatment (BCAOT) Project 2018-2019
Blue Cross Lesotho (BCL) runs a national rehabilitation centre at Thaba-Bosiu (TBC) as a project aiming to curb the harmful use of alcohol and drugs. Blue Cross Norway (BCN) supported TBC with Norad-funding from 1991 until 2005, when the Government of Lesotho took over. TBC’s capacity is never sufficient to accommodate all the potential clients. In order to address this problem, BCN supported the Blue Cross Advocacy and Outpatient Treatment Project which operated in selected areas in the four districts of Maseru, Berea, Leribe and Butha-Buthe. The project also continued BCL’s efforts for the implementation of the draft National Alcohol Policy, in order to reduce the harmful use of alcohol in the country. The overall goal of this project has thus been to prevent the harmful effects of alcohol through policy advocacy and outpatient treatment. The project started in 2015 to 2017, and in 2018 the project was extended with Norad funding through Digni for another three years. The project period was then reduced to two years, and the planned final external project evaluation was thus undertaken in 2019. The purpose of the evaluation has been twofold. First, to enable systematic and participatory learning for the project partners and our stakeholders, including the process of evaluation itself as well as its use after the completion of the project. Second, to produce an objective and systematic assessment of the project’s results.