One of the most essential, yet often overlooked components of successful HIV treatment among children and adolescents living with HIV in Uganda is access to nutritious food. Many children miss their drugs because they cannot access daily food leading to malnutrition. Malnutrition weakens children’s ability to resist attacks of the infectious diseases. It also has a negative impact on children’s cognitive development. Nutritious food helps to boost their immunity, thus increase in the CD4 counts and reduced viral loads, resulting in increased capacity to resist opportunistic infections.
People dedicated to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate, make monthly food donations to PINA Uganda. This food is distributed to less privileged families. They also donate old clothes and shoes.