Today is World Aids Day. HIV/AIDS is always linked to hunger and malnutrition.
In many countries in Africa the death toll from HIV/AIDS has left millions of orphans that struggle daily to find sufficient food. At the same time food production suffers from lack of productive workers.
Those suffering from HIV/Aids cannot take antiretroviral medicine with sufficient food,even if it is available. The medicine must be taken with food. Ending hunger will help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
I learned another fact about HIV/AIDS and hunger this morning:
Malnourished people living with HIV are two to six times more likely to die when starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) compared to people with optimal nutritional status.” – Ertharin Cousin, Director of WFP