By Susan Erhirhie
The Women and Children of Hope Foundation has said the global economic meltdown is adversely affecting the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
Speaking at Onikan, Lagos, venue of the distribution of food items to people living with AIDS, Executive Drector of Women and Children of Hope (WCH), Mrs. Lucy Attah, said despite the awareness that had been very effective on HIV issues, the prevalence was still very high because of the poverty level which pushes young girls into prostitution.
She said all the drugs their members were using were donated by USAID, adding that the only problem was the mindset of people around them who refuse to show love to affected people.
Also speaking at the event, Prevention Officer of WCH, Mr John Ibeto, who has been tested positive since 2004 enlightened the people on the special diet that will keep them going, saying one apple a day keeps the doctor away.
He said: â€œRemaining healthy can be achieved by eating good food and good diet such as vegetables and fruits, sea food especially crayfish in place of meat,â€ adding that crayfish is a must eat for those who are HIV positive. Local diets such as effirin and ozziza were also not excluded as they should be sliced into any food prepared for a positive person.â€
USAID sponsored the programme through the non governmental agency, Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Target Sites (MARKET), which has trained 315 OVC care givers in WCH on business skills and promoting home gardening as an income generating activity.
Equally, Sorotomist Association of Eko sponsored 15 WCH women in tie and dye clothing production for the purpose of poverty reduction among women living with HIV/AIDS since poverty has been identified as one major cause of this ailment.