East African Food Crisis

Weak HIV-positive people struggle to access food aid

NAIROBI, 23 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Every morning, Julia Aukot walks 17km to eastern Kenya's Isiolo town in search of work so she can feed her six children and ailing husband; the journey is punishing, but as her family's sole breadwinner, she has no choice. full report

ETHIOPIA: Food for body and soul

ADDIS ABABA, 18 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Three years ago, Munit* was hungry, lonely and HIV-positive; her husband refused to be tested and she felt burdened by her secret status, unable to share her daily struggles with friends and family. full report

HORN OF AFRICA: Drought and HIV - a dangerous combination

NAIROBI, 28 July 2011 (PlusNews Global) - More than 11.6 million people are facing starvation in the Horn of Africa, and as aid agencies struggle to feed them, experts are warning that a lack of food could have wider consequences, including jeopardizing the health of people on HIV treatment. full report

UGANDA: As food prices bite, HIV-positive people turn to kitchen gardens

KIROMBE, 21 April 2011 (PlusNews Global) - The small 10m by 15m garden behind Agnes Oroma's house in northern Uganda's Gulu district is much more than a hobby garden; according to HIV-positive Oroma, it is one of the main reasons she is in good health. full report

KENYA: Patients on ARVs hard hit by drought, high food prices

NAKURU/ISIOLO, 7 April 2011 (PlusNews Global) - When IRIN/PlusNews recently visited Nuna Kahiro, 75, in Kenya's Rift Valley town of Nakuru, she asked the same question she asks everyone who visits: "Did you bring me anything to eat?" full report

KENYA: Hungry HIV-positive mothers wary of exclusive breastfeeding

NYANDO, 21 February 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Nutrition experts recommend that HIV-positive mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months to reduce the risk of HIV transmission, but food-insecure Kenyan mothers worry they have insufficient milk to keep their babies full and healthy. full report
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