Hunger, HIV and Food Aid: An Introduction
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More than 850 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition. World Vision is committed to raising resources — public and private — to overcome this tragedy. Food aid is a key tool to fight hunger and the food insecurity that causes chronic or emergency instances of malnutrition around the world.
Some 854 million people worldwide lack enough to eat; 820 million of them are in developing countries.
The Link Between AIDS and Hunger
In AIDS-affected families, food consumption in the household can drop by as much as 40 percent due to decreased productivity and earnings, leaving children at a higher risk of malnutrition and stunting.
Source: FAO, 2006
In South Africa and Zambia, studies of AIDS-affected households — most of them already poor — found that monthly income fell by 66 percent to 80 percent due to coping with AIDS-related illness.
Source: UNAIDS Q&A, 2006
An estimated 11.4 million children have been orphaned due to AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: UNAIDS AIDS Epidemic Update, 2007
World Vision’s History of Hunger Assistance
Faced with famines and suffering following Africa’s Sahelian drought of 1982-84, World Vision intervened with emergency food assistance in Mali, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) and Chad. Initially, food assistance was channeled through local West African churches and later directly managed by World Vision. Large-scale emergency food relief programs were initiated in Poland (1984-86), Zaire (1984), Ethiopia (1985) and Mozambique (1988).
World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization operating in nearly 100 countries, distributed 225,000 metric tons of food for U.N. World Food Programme and U.S. government programs in fiscal year 2006.
World Vision urges Congress to fund and expand existing programs to eradicate child hunger worldwide.
In developing countries, more than half of all deaths of young children due to infectious diseases— such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea and measles — have malnutrition as an underlying cause.
World Vision specializes in community-based programs to alleviate the root causes of poverty and hunger; the organization is working to ensure the Millennium Development Goal of reducing hunger by half is reached by 2015. Public and private funds support the agency’s 15-year area development commitments that work with poor communities to surmount needs in five main areas:
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