For World's Poor, Right Food Key To Beating HIV

For people living with HIV, eating nutritious food is essential. Proper nutrition, combined with medical treatment, means they can recover their health and resume productive lives. WFP supports some 2.5 million people in 44 countries through its HIV programmes. Here are three of those people.

ROME –- Some 34 million people around the world are living with the HIV virus, according to a new report released by UNAIDS ahead of World AIDS Day. Many of these people are also hungry, which prevents them from living the productive lives that would be possible with treatment.

WFP food assistance keeps food insecure people living with HIV and AIDS healthy longer and improves the effectiveness of treatment. Learn more

UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report



Key Facts From The Report

  • There around 34 million people in the world living with HIV
  • There were approximately 2.7 million new infections in 2010
  • Around 1.8 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2010.
  • Nearly 50% of all people eligible for HIV treatment now have access.
  • Nearly 50% of pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral therapy to prevent transmitting the virus to their child.
  • In 2010, 21 high prevalence countries reported declines in HIV prevalence among young people (aged 15-24 years), five more than in 2009.

It also keeps them from having to make the choice that faces many people living with HIV: do I spend what money I have on medication or on food for my families.

Here are three examples of people living with HIV, who are rising above hunger and getting on with their lives thanks to food assistance.

Dora in Bolivia

Dora smilign in her kitchenBefore Dora was diagnosed with HIV, she had never even heard of the disease. But she quickly learned about its effects on herself and on her ability to care for her children. Now, with WFP’s food and nutrition support, she is stronger, healthier and better able to provide for herself and her family. Read more

Pong Onn in Cambodia

Pong Onn and her daughter feeding the chickensPong Onn, 34, was in dire straits before she joined a food and treatment programme six years ago. Since then, she has recovered her strength and is now able to look after her her two-year-old daughter. She also takes part in a community awareness project helping other women with HIV. Read more

Nosipho in Swaziland

Nosipho and her two children sitting on the groundIn a country where AIDS has left countless children orphans and where life expectancy is only 47, Nosipho and her grandchildren might appear to have the cards stacked against them. But with food assistance, the determined 50-year-old, diagnosed with HIV five years ago, is steering the children towards a brighter future. Read more