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Tackling Food Security Is Critical To HIV Response

Scientific American: Beyond medicine: Delivering on the promise of food security in the context of the AIDS epidemic
Suneetha Kadiyala, senior lecturer in nutrition-sensitive development at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Rahul Rawat, research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute

“…There remain stark inequities in who becomes newly infected [with HIV], who among the 35 million people living with HIV has access, and just as crucially, who adheres to ART and has access to social safety nets to help mitigate the consequences of HIV. One of the drivers of this inequity, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is widespread food insecurity, which continues to thwart an effective and comprehensive response to the AIDS epidemic. … Food security and nutrition interventions are critical enablers for ‘stepping up the pace’ (the theme for the 2014 International AIDS Conference) and must remain on the HIV/AIDS response agenda” (4/22).