The link between the global food insecurity and HIV/AIDS is a rather obvious one. People living with HIV/AIDS need proper nutrition to help boost their immune system. This is a challenge in Sub- Saharan Africa because of the high level of HIV/AIDS and poverty in the region. This has led food aid organizations such as the World Food Programme (WFP) to change their approach to distributing aid.They have partnered with UNAIDS as part of their response to HIV/AIDS and food insecurity.
It is sad to think of how many people living with HIV/AIDS have no access to food which contains the adequate nutrients they need. Obviously, the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa is now intertwined with every other development issue. It will be difficult to carry out poverty eradication/ reduction programmes without considering that about 22 million people in Sub Saharan Africa have this disease. National governments have to include nutrition in their HIV/AIDS strategic plan because providing ARVs and VCT centres is not enough. They also have to come up with measures to provide sustainable means of access to food with the proper nutrients for people in rural areas because they cannot solely rely on government and NGO handouts.
The High level meeting on AIDS which took place last week concluded that the HIV response should be integrated with broader health and development issues. It is easier said than done and like i said in my previous post I look forward to implementation schemes by various African country and i hope the number of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa can be reduced by 2015.