HIV and AIDS

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HIV and AIDS

Hunger is a problem that affects everything for the world’s poorest people. Of the 7,000 people newly infected with HIV every day, around 97% live in the world’s poorest countries. Not having access to safe and nutritious food is a factor that greatly compounds the disease.

Impact of extreme poverty

Today, there is an estimated three million people living with HIV and AIDS. The problem is still outpacing the global response and people in poor countries remain disproportionately affected.  A report by the Joint United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS stated that AIDS has become the leading cause of death among infants and young children in much of sub-Saharan Africa. 

Focusing on good nutrition

We focus on reducing the number of people infected, while also minimising the impact of the virus. Malnutrition exacerbates the problems of HIV and AIDS, complicating its treatment because many anti-retroviral drugs are designed to be taken with food to assist the body in processing the drugs. 

We work with community health centres to provide seeds, gardening training and tools alongside anti-retroviral therapy. This means that those living with the disease can eat home-grown vegetables that boost their immune system. 

Empowering individuals

When those affected by the disease no longer have to live with the ravages of hunger, they can focus better on their health and recovery. Such empowerment can renew their sense of dignity, which often suffers as a result of the stigma linked with having HIV and AIDS. 

HIV prevention

We work with local organisations and charity partners to educate communities about HIV prevention. We also work with schools, assisting in the development of life-skills programmes and establishing youth clubs that promote prevention for HIV as well as awareness.

Strengthening communities

We assist in establishing and strengthening community support groups and networks for people living with HIV and AIDS. We also advocate for changes to existing laws that may affect the lives of people living with the disease.

Our work in action

We believe that the voices of people living with HIV need to be heard. So, we advocate for changes to existing laws on the basis of their needs. We have established community support groups and networks for people living with HIV and AIDS and actively engage with their communities. An example of this is Charles Ngandu. Read his story.

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