WFP’s targeted support for people living with HIV began during the southern Africa crisis of 2002 . At this time WFP acknowledged the unique challenge of providing assistance in an area suffering from high HIV prevalence, deep-rooted poverty and food insecurity.
Today, WFP has HIV and TB programmes in 44 countries globally, providing critical food and nutrition support to people in need. In 2010, WFP reached 2.5 million people, including 2 million people living with or affected by HIV and 500,000 people living with or affected by TB.
WFP In Action
Twelve years have passed since doctors told Monica Julio that she had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The mother-of-six is now a busy and valuable member of her community in South Sudan, and she attributes this to food assistance provided by the World Food Programme (WFP), which allowed her to stick to her treatment and inspire others to do the same.
Many people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are not able to get enough to eat. Health complications mean that many lose their jobs and their livelihoods are threatened. In Haiti, WFP plays a crucial role in protecting patients being treated for HIV/AIDS and their families by ensuring that the food they receive contributes to their health, safety and dignity.
When award-winning Zimbabwean artist Rogers Makunda discovered he was HIV-positive in 2009, he tried to keep living and working as he had before. But that proved impossible after his brother died and he began providing for the orphaned children. Now enrolled in WFP’s Health and Nutrition Programme, Makunda is back at work – and looking ahead.