Lerato was walking home from school in Lesotho in September last year when she felt a severe pain in her left thigh. The next morning, the young girl couldn’t walk. In the following days the pain got worse.
After several visits to the local hospital over the next five months, Lerato, 10, was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) of the bones. She began treatment on April 19.
A few days later, with the help of a translator, Lerato and her parents tell me this story as we sit inside their small, sand-brick home in Ntsirele, a village on the fringe of the capital, Maseru.