WFP To Co-Host Event At AIDS 2012 Conference

At AIDS 2012, WFP and Harvard Medical School and Partners in Health will be hosting an open satellite session on the impacts of food and nutrition assistance in the response to HIV. If you’re in Washington on Monday, please join us!

WASHINGTON -- In recent years, record numbers of people living with HIV have gained access to life-saving treatment, leading to fewer deaths from HIV and fewer new infections. However, millions more people, especially among the world’s most vulnerable communities, still lack the treatment they need to protect their lives and livelihoods.

Scientific evidence and on-the-ground experience have shown that food and nutrition support helps people affected by HIV overcome barriers to accessing and adhering to treatment. This type of support can help surmount such challenges as malnutrition, treatment side effects, increased health care costs and limited availability of hospitals and clinics.

Next week, WFP will travel to the International AID Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, D.C., where thousands of policymakers, scientists, activists and humanitarian workers will discuss how we can work together to turn the tide of HIV.

At AIDS 2012, WFP will co-host, along with Harvard Medical School and Partners in Health, an open satellite session on the impacts of food and nutrition assistance in the response to HIV on Monday, July 23. If you’re in Washington, please join us!

Speakers include:
•    Agnes Binagwaho | Minister of Health, Rwanda
•    James M. Sherry | Director, USAID TRAction and Professor of Global Health and International Affairs, George Washington University
•    Christine Wanke | Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine; Director, Division of Nutrition and Infection
•    Louise Ivers | Senior Health and Policy Advisor, Partners in Health
•    Sebastian Stricker | Project Manager Nutrition and HIV, World Food Programme

Moderated by: Martin Bloem | Chief HIV and Nutrition Policy, World Food Programme
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