Iain McLellan

Nutrition and HIV/AIDS

HIV compromises the nutritional status of infected individuals and, in turn, malnutrition worsens the effects of the disease by weakening the immune system. Nutritional care and support helps break this vicious cycle by enabling people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to manage symptoms, reduce susceptibility to opportunistic infections, improve nutritional status, promote response to medical treatment, and improve overall quality of life. AED works with governments, donors, implementing NGOs, and private companies to integrate nutrition interventions into HIV/AIDS treatment, care, and support services. In addition to region-wide work in East and Southern Africa, AED has provided extensive in-country technical assistance in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia, and will be working in Ethiopia and Namibia. AED has developed guidance for program managers on design and implementation of nutritional care and support and on food and nutrition implications of antiretroviral therapy (ART). AED also maintains an electronic forum, ProNut-HIV, on nutritional support and care for PLWHA. AED is conducting research on the effects of food supplementation on health outcomes in malnourished adults and children living with HIV/AIDS.

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