Although the world is making progress in addressing the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS, there are still 33.3 million people affected by it. In most countries, the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic has mainly come from the health sector. However, solutions to mitigate the effects have to be sought in the combination of health and agriculture.
As the consequences of the AIDS epidemic become clearer, so does the fundamental importance of food and nutrition security. Food and nutrition insecurity is the main problem in families living with HIV/AIDS. The agriculture sector is particularly threatened by the epidemic, given the implications of reduced labour power for the ability of affected households to feed themselves.
An adequate nutritional situation is important to maintain the quality of life and limit the effects of opportunistic infections. Responses to the HIV pandemic need to be holistic, multi-sectorial, and grounded in the three fundamental principles: prevention, care and treatment.
In this course, participants will learn from expert facilitators as well as from each other. It aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and motivation to strengthen, design and implement programs and interventions to mitigate the negative effects of HIV/AIDS on the livelihood, using a rights-based approach.
Upon completion of this course you will:
• have insight in the medical aspects of HIV/AIDS and their relation to nutritional status;
• understand the interrelation between food and nutrition security and HIV-AIDS;
• have strengthened your competence to design a programme or intervention to address the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS on food and nutrition security, using a rights-based approach;
• have clear ideas on how to lobby/advocate to mainstream HIV/AIDS in policies and programmes.
Applicants should have a BSc or equivalent in the field of food and nutrition, home economics, agriculture, medicine or a related field, and have at least three years of professional experience related to the field of the course. Competence in the English language is necessary.
Deadline: 10 Aug 2015
Deadline MENA/NFP: 24 March 2015
NFP and Mena funding available. For more information on fellowships, see links.