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.
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While she was pregnant with her first child, Djamilatou was told she was HIV positive. It was a huge shock and it left her reeling. But a friend advised her to go to a WFP-supported clinic and, as a result of following that advice, she now has two healthy children and is preparing for a return to the world of work.
WFP supports more than 12,000 people affected by HIV in Burkina Faso. In addition to providing nutritional support, WFP helps them start their own businesses so they can sustain themselves and their families.
For people living with HIV in poor countries, there are already many barriers to accessing life-saving medication and also to the nutritional food that will help the treatment work. But for populations affected by emergencies, such as the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it's even harder. This was one of the messages that emerged at the ICASA conference in Cape Town this week. WFP's Natalie Aldern was there and shares her read-out here.