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Call for stories on Food and HIV

1. June 2010

    The link between food and HIV is reflected in the June 2006 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS. Paragraph 28 highlights aspects of the right to food such as availability, accessibility and adequacy, and United Nations Member States resolve to "integrate food and nutritional support, with the goal that all people at all times will have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences, for an active and healthy life, as part of a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS".

    Malnutrition contributes greatly to the progression of HIV-related diseases and undermines the body's response to ARVs. Providing medicine alone is not enough - adequate food and nutrition are essential elements of treatment. On the other hand, HIV and AIDS have an impact on food security, particularly because they affect the most productive people in a society. Food insecurity and limited earning options can also increase people's vulnerability to HIV if it leads to higher-risk behaviors such as engaging in sex for food or money.

    These linkages call for the need to adopt a comprehensive approach to ensure effectiveness of HIV treatment by protecting the right of people living with HIV to access nutritious food. As part of its campaigns on Food and on HIV and AIDS, the EAA wants to raise awareness among churches and policymakers of the links between access to nutritious food and comprehensive intake of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).

    Thus the EAA launches this call for cases and stories that illustrate the links, both positive and negative, that address the right to food of people living with and affected by HIV.

    What can you do?

    1. Share stories you know of by using the template below to provide either:

    • A brief description of cases that illustrate how people living with HIV make decisions regarding their intake of ARVs or;
    • An example of how food insecurity makes people vulnerable to HIV.


    2. Please share this call with your partners and networks and encourage their participation.

    The case studies will result in an EAA publication compiling all the stories and a number of recommendations to national governments and international institutions. The compiled report will be shared through the EAA website.


    Please submit stories and case studies before 26 November 2010 to amunzara@e-alliance.ch and copy to rfoley@e-alliance.ch.

    Please visit
    http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/food-and-hiv/ for more information on the collection of case studies/stories.

    Illustrating the Links between Food and HIV:

    Call for Stories of How Access to Food Contributes to Decisions Regarding Comprehensive Treatment of HIV

    Remark: The approximate size of the expected reply is indicated for each question. You may add appendices, and refer to them in this form. This form, once filled in, should not exceed five pages. We appreciate your understanding. Please fill in one form per case. Visual evidence (graphs, statistics, and pictures) is appreciated. You are free to narrate a story but the description should include the following elements:

    Contact name




    Phone number


    Fax number


    E-mail address




    Region/District within country


    Title of the case/story



    (Erase to keep only the three keywords that best describe your case

    Nutritious food, social security nets, consumption needs, lack of access to land, delays in farming operations, declines in production,  food aid and distribution, opportunistic infections, access to treatment, credit facilities, others (please add)

    Summary of the case/story

    ½ a page-summarize the problem/case here


    ½ a page - assess the food security situation in your country, and how people living with HIV are affected. 

    Context Analysis 

    ½ a page [Give a brief review of national food security strategies and nutritional policies on food security in your country.  Highlight any existing social safety nets for ensuring food security of people living with HIV]

    Body of the Case Study/Story

    1 ½pages: [The body should address how people make decisions regarding antiretroviral drugs intake. For example, you could highlight a story of how the food crisis in your country impacts on people living with HIV,  how you or someone you know has accessed or struggled to access comprehensive HIV treatment or how a lack of access to food has increased vulnerability to HIV.] Please try to answer the following questions, where applicable:

    i) To what extent does food consumption influence the successful intake of ARVs?

    ii) What are the effects of taking ARVs without food?

    iii) Describe the type of food that goes with the successful intake of ARVs?

    iv) How does a lack of food make people more vulnerable to HIV?

    v) How has HIV and AIDS affected people's ability to grow and produce food?

    Visual evidence (graphs, statistics, and pictures) is appreciated.


    1 page: Highlight clear action points to be undertaken to address the problem/protect the right to food of people living with HIV. Also identify the role of the church in supporting the food security needs of people living with HIV.


    Please list any documents that you attach to this form.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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