With the help of nutritious food from WFP, Agnes can now take her antiretroviral drugs more regularly and can feed her family of seven. Copyright: WFP/Vera Boohene

In Ghana, a Full Stomach Means More Effective HIV Treatment

For many years, not having enough to eat meant that Agnes struggled to stay on her antiretroviral treatment. Thanks to food assistance from WFP, she can now take her medication more regularly, provide for her family and help others in her community.


Although Ghana attained middle income status in 2010 following the discovery of oil, it still ranks 138th out of 187 countries in the 2014 Human Development Report, and is classified as a low-income, food-deficit country. Northern regions display many of the same agro-ecological characteristics as countries in the Sahel, including poor soil quality, a single and increasingly erratic rainy season, and recurrent floods and droughts.