Food Security

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

SWAZILAND: Desperate HIV-positive people eat cow dung to sustain treatment

MBABANE, 28 July 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Organizations fighting HIV/AIDS in Swaziland were at first incredulous at reports that hundreds of impoverished HIV-positive rural residents were eating cow dung to give their stomachs something to digest before taking their antiretrovirals. full report

ETHIOPIA: Five-year project to benefit OVC

ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Kokobe Abate is a widow struggling to raise her daughter Almaz in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The death of her husband hit the family hard, but he had given up on life long before he died. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: MSM still sidelined in HIV programming

CAPE TOWN, 27 May 2011 (PlusNews Global) - South African men who have sex with men are twice as likely to be HIV-positive as heterosexual men, but spending on research, prevention and treatment for this group remains low, delegates at a conference on MSM and HIV in Cape Town heard. full report

KENYA: PMTCT could cause drug resistance in positive infants

KISUMU, 6 May 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Drug regimens used in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV are effective, but infants should be monitored for drug resistance, a new study has revealed. full report

BURUNDI: Displaced women in Bujumbura risk HIV rather than hunger

BUJUMBURA, 26 April 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Desperate and displaced, some Burundian women will do anything, including have unprotected sex for money, to escape the dreadful living conditions in the Bujumbura suburb of Sabe, where more than 480 families of internally displaced persons have lived for several years. 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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