Malawi: HIV-Positive Women Grow Own Food to Improve Their Health
February 18, 2009
Malawi's Coalition of Women Living with HIV/AIDS is encouraging HIV-infected women to grow their own food as a way to meet basic health needs and combat poor nutrition.
The coalition was formed in the northern district of Rumphi and is supported by ActionAid International-Malawi. "We decided to form the coalition after recognizing the challenges HIV-positive women were facing, more especially in accessing food. So the coalition is helping them meet some of the basic needs for their health," said Memory Chirwa, the district's food nutrition officer.
"We teach the women that they should eat nutritious foods so we therefore encourage them to grow various crops, like vegetables and maize. Some of the women are now keeping goats and chickens -- things that have changed their lives," said Chirwa.
Voice of America News
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