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Strengthening the institutional response to HIV/AIDS: food and nutrition as an essential part of the package - statement to AWEPA, in Dublin, Ireland

Deputy Executive Director Sheila Sisulu

When HIV and AIDS began their silent, deadly march through the poor countries of the world, we at WFP tended to view the phenomenon as a medical crisis. It did not appear to have much to do with hunger and food. Like many others in the humanitarian community, we viewed AIDS through the lens of experience with the virus in the West, to be treated with drugs and prevented with education .... but if you go out and talk to families in southern Africa, the world’s hardest hit region, you would get a very different story. These people talk about food.