Providing hope for people with HIV/AIDS starts by meeting their basic needs. Since 2008 Food and Nutrition Foundation has provided food, clothing, peer support, employment training, psychosocial counselling, and in home assistance to adults and children in the Lusaka area. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is ravaging Zambia. Approximately 14.3% of Zambians are infected by HIV. Over 800,000 Zambian children have lost one or both of their parents due to HIV/AIDS.
Food and nutrition are a crucial component of preventing HIV from becoming AIDS and the greatest threat to AIDS survival is poor nutrition. That’s because malnutrition can worsen the effects of the disease, so a good diet can help manage symptoms, reduce susceptibility to opportunistic infections, promote response to medical treatment, and improve overall quality of life.
“FNF has enabled me see the areas where people suffering from HIV/AIDS need help and most importantly, how discrimination works against all of us in our communities.”