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Re: [pronut-hiv] Hunger and HIV (2)

  • From: "George M. Carter" <>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 18:51:34 -0400

Hi Francis--

I didn't write the article but I think I can at least partially answer some
of your questions.

First, here's a URL:

That's Action Against Hunger.

One interesting looking session from IAC is:

(See the link near the top of the page to the KaiserNetworks where you can
see the video.)

A Satellite session that went into more in this area is:

Finally, if you go to

You can put in a search like "food security" and the like, and it pulls out
the relevant sessions.

And below, an article from SAATHII's HIV News from India.

I hope that helps!
George M. Carter

11. Nutritional support for AIDS patients vital:WFP.
The Hindu, August 18, 2006.

India: The United Nations World Food Programme has called for
action among all stakeholders in the fight against AIDS to
make food and nutritional support part of the essential package
of care for people affected by HIV. Donor countries have poured
billions of dollars into retrovirals and other medication to
counter the growing impact of AIDS in Africa, Asia and Latin
America with barely a thought to nutrition. "It is time to
deliver more than drugs,'' Robin Jackson, chief of World Food
Programme (WFP) HIV/AIDS Service said here at the
XVI International AIDS Conference.

It is time to deliver cost-effective and comprehensive
programmes that include the basic food and nutritional need of
people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, he said.
According to Mr. Jackson, a new study had concluded that
patients who start new antiretroviral therapy while they are
malnutritioned are six times more likely to die than patients
who are well nourished. The main reason could be that
malnutrition reduces patients' ability to absorb the potent
triple-drug antiretroviral therapy and leaves them unable to
benefit from the medicine.

Side effects

Malnourished individuals also find it harder to cope with the
therapy's debilitating side effects and may take longer to
recover their body's immunity to infection.

Food is often cited by people living with and affected by
HIV/AIDS as their greatest and most urgent need. Yet, food has
been forgotten in the standard treatment, care and support of
HIV/AIDS, Mr. Jackson pointed out, Nutrition interventions for
HIV programmes are often overlooked in the international HIV
policy debate and they remain critically under-funded.

The World Food Programme estimates that approximately one
million of the 6.4 million people who will be enrolled in
antiretroviral programmes in 2008 will need some kind of
nutritional support. The cost of providing them with assistance
is just $0.73 (Canadian) per patient per day, including all
transport and programme costs.

For HIV patients, rations are typically only required for
6 months until they can get back on their feet. Poor nutrition
heightens individual susceptibility to HIV-related infections
while food insecurity makes it more likely that individuals
adopt risky lifestyles that increases their vulnerability to
being exposed to virus. If infections occur, integrated
nutrition, food security and HIV/AIDS interventions can promote
positive living and prolong the asymptomatic period of relative
health. When AIDS develops, nutrition and food security become
important partners in treatment, Mr. Jackson said.

Respect for rights

As HIV tests have become cheaper and more widely available, an
increasing number of countries are supporting standalone HIV
testing programmes that are coercive and discriminatory, fail
to ensure confidentiality, and do not provide access to
prevention information of treatment, the Human Rights Watch
has said. Governments are failing to address the widespread
stigma faced by those testing positive, and are increasingly
adopting or strengthening laws criminalising HIV transmission.
These laws are often arbitrarily applied and are ineffective
at preventing HIV transmission, it has said.

It has drawn attention towards proposals in India to test all
individuals wishing to obtain or retain a driver's licence
in Punjab.