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
In 2011, WFP received its largest contribution from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), US$56 million for a five-year programme in Ethiopia. Although WFP had been assisting people living with HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia since 2003, the PEPFAR contribution enabled a new dimension of assistance, where people are now provided with the ability to address their households’ food and nutrition requirements and send their kids to school. Two women reflect on the impact that this generous donation has had on their lives.
Nhlangano – The UN World Food Programme and the Ministry of Health brought the information age to the main health centre of this ruggedly beautiful corner of Swaziland with a donation of state-of-the-art computers and IT equipment in July this year.
When you’re in good health and have ready access to food, you tend not to give it much thought. But when you don’t, then you realize you’re in trouble – and the worry can consume you. Through WFP’s Health and Nutrition programme, thousands of families are once again able to start living without constantly worrying about these basics.