Julio Janota (62) was transferred to the health centre after being diagnosed with HIV in 2004. Only a few years earlier, his company closed down, making it difficult for him to find stable employment. Having battled the effects of poor health while trying to find work to provide for his six children, Julio has proven his strength in many ways.
But his condition sometimes deteriorates, rendering him too weak to work. He has been going to ARV treatment each month and receiving Super Cereal provided by WFP for several months.
“I’m now able to go to my farm, which is 50 km from the health centre,” he says. “I’m also able to do other kinds of work like getting firewood.”
Although he is fortunate to have relatives who sometimes help out when money is low, the ability to tend to his farm provides additional security.