We are now helping fund a Nutrition Program for our friends with HIV/AIDS in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Many of these people we have met and visited personally. We have heard their stories, danced with them, held their hands. And we will continue to do what we can to help extend their lives.
Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya is one of the largest slums in Africa, with over a million people living in an area just over 1 square mile. HIV/AIDS has become a major health and development problem there, with almost 10% of the population infected with the disease.
We have several projects in Kibera, one of them being our partnership with HEKO (the Heritage Kenya Organization) which focuses on helping the HIV/AIDS community there through health education, job training, and assistance with starting small businesses.
It makes sense that people infected with HIV are at a greater risk of malnutrition than those who are not infected. Not only are their immune systems compromised, but HIV interferes with their desire and ability to eat, reducing dietary intake causing malabsorption of nutrients.
Through the HEKO program, we are specifically working on improving the nutrition of people living with HIV/AIDS (“PLWHA”) in 480 families in Kibera slums. The majority of these family members are between the ages of 6 months and 30 years. Out of the adults, the majority of them are women of reproductive age whose demands are high. The low or lack of income of these people which makes it difficult for them to access food. With worsening poverty, these families have lost their ability to acquire food and meet their basic needs.
The Nutrition Program includes:
- Community health and training
- Health education
- Food demonstrations
- Nutrition support and care
- Counseling on feeding habits
- Home visits/follow-ups
- Spiritual counseling
- Food & micronutrient supplementation
- Malaria control
Thank you so much for helping us provide for them!