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
WFP's nutrition support programme for malnourished people living with HIV in the region of Bouaké, central Côte d'Ivoire, runs for six months. After this, the patient is normally expected to grow out of malnutrition and regain his or her ability to lead an active life. However, many patients are so poor and vulnerable that they cannot be discharged.
Last year, WFP introduced vouchers into its urban HIV/AIDS programme in Ethiopia on a pilot basis, in place of traditional food assistance. People benefiting from the project can redeem vouchers for locally produced food. It’s just one part of a programme that helps people living with HIV and AIDS to get back on their feet.
25 years ago Sister Valeria Amato moved from Sicily to Guinea-Bissau and has since dedicated her life to providing nutritional assistance to people living with HIV and tuberculosis.