Drought and devastating floods in Malawi have left 2.8 million people facing a dangerous food crisis. We are asking you to help stop this crisis from fuelling the HIV epidemic.
Crops, homes and livelihoods were lost during the floods. Now, following a period of drought, Malawi faces a food crisis. The burden is even greater for those with HIV. Regular food is essential when taking HIV medication. Without it, health deteriorates, the disease spreads, people die.
Children are among those most at risk from the spread of HIV. Without food, medication and adequate care, mothers with HIV will pass the disease to their children at birth. This doesn’t have to happen.
Mphatso Nguluwe, Director of Livingstonia Synod AIDS Programme (LISAP) writes:
Imagine, homes, crops and all that people had is gone. Some people have also lost their lives. Disease is looming and there are no adequate drugs in hospitals. There is a poor harvest this year even without the floods. This means the food crisis in the country continues and it’s projected that in 2016/2017 there will be even less food.
In January 2015, you responded generously to our emergency appeal to help those affected by the flood, providing essential healthcare, emergency supplies and stopping disease spread.
Now we must all act to prevent the long-term effects of this disaster from burdening future generations with HIV.
Your gifts will allow Mphatso and her team to make sure mothers get food, medicine and care they need during pregnancy to deliver their babies safely and free from HIV.
They also provide support for people living with HIV, protecting the most vulnerable from the effects of the food crisis.
Please act now to stop the food crisis becoming an HIV crisis.
£10 helps provide food, medicine and a safe delivery to a pregnant woman with HIV, giving her child a life without HIV.
Responding as a church?
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This article was originally published in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of The Healing Hand.