Officials Call on HIV/AIDS Network in Botswana to Partner With Agriculture Ministry to Address Food Insecurity
September 11, 2008
Officials at a recent seminar in Botswana's capital of Gaborone called on the Botswana Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS to partner with the Ministry of Agriculture to address food insufficiency, which hinders the country's fight against HIV/AIDS, the Daily News Online reports. Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust Director Stephen Muliokela said that HIV/AIDS, food and nutrition are inseparable because HIV-positive people tend to respond better to treatment when they have sufficient nutrition and strengthened immune systems. He added that treatment often fails without proper nutrition and that without resources to secure food, people could turn to commercial sex work.
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