These stations have been distributed to high population and high risk areas including bus stops, market places and health centres across the country.
The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Maseru City Council (MCC).
Speaking at the hand-over ceremony that was held in Maseru on Thursday, the UNDP Resident Representative Betty Wabunoha said they saw it befitting to pilot this innovation in these places to encourage behavioural change and hand-washing as a measure for reducing the spread of the Coronavirus.
Ms Wabunoha said it is anticipated that having these stations in open spaces such as bus stops, will be a constant reminder of the basic measures of preventing the virus, which include regular washing of hands with running water and soap.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), washing hands for not less than 20 seconds with running water and soap has potential to reduce the spread and risk of infection of the virus.
The United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Salvator Niyonzima said they are committed to supporting efforts of all countries and communities in the fight against the pandemic.
He said the pandemic has forced people to take a look at who they are, and be inventive about solutions to respond to the global health challenge.
Mr Niyonzima said this is an unprecedented challenge to the way people used to live, and the way they behaved, adding it is however, encouraging to see that there are solutions out there.
He congratulated the Lesotho government for being pro-active in protecting the people of Lesotho, noting that public measures that have been put in place have had an impact on the economy in particular, adding that is a price to pay to safe livelihoods.
He encouraged the communities working around the new hand washing stations to take good care of the equipment for longevity.
For his part, the Minister of Health Motlatsi Maqelepo expressed his gratitude to the UNDP for its unwavering and long-lasting support to the Lesotho government.
Through their vision, Mr Maqelepo said they want to strengthen primary health care because that is where they will be able to combat most of the diseases.
He said the UNDP’s steadfast aid will go a long way towards helping Lesotho to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.