News24, 06 November 2002, Gauteng indaba targets Aids
UN official Judith Lewis said: "The high prevalence of HIV/Aids in the region means we're feeding many people who already are caught up in the wider Aids emergency and whose defences have been weakened."
Richard Lee of UNAids said the event started on Wednesday morning and would be attended by more than 50 representatives from UN agencies, local and international non-governmental organisations and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Delegates will try to devise a new strategy to help combat HIV/Aids, focusing on how the UN World Food Programme (WFP) can make food aid more nutritious for people with Aids.
UNAids said: "According to nutritionists, people living with HIV/Aids should increase their food intake and eat about 50% more protein as well as foods rich in micronutrients."
"One of the many issues under discussion will be how the UN WFP can alter the size and composition of its food aid rations in the light of HIV/Aids."
Food plays crucial role
UNAids team leader for
eastern and southern
"People across the region keep saying to us that food is the first and best drug against HIV/Aids.
"So, we need to decide how best to use and target food aid to help affected families. But, we also need to reassess our whole approach to HIV/Aids and this humanitarian crisis."
Labour forces take a dive
A report by the UN
special envoy for humanitarian needs in southern
Agricultural production had fallen significantly because many adults were too sick to work, said UNAids.