RENEWAL’s Satellite Session at the XVIII International AIDS Conference
Nutrition Security, Social Protection and HIV: Operationalizing Evidence for Programs in Africa
18 July 2010

Nutrition security is a fundamental human right that is being compromised in the face of the HIV epidemic in Africa. Despite increased attention and activity on the ground to integrate food and nutrition interventions in the context of HIV, evidence of their effectiveness, from countries with significant overlap of malnutrition and HIV, is only now emerging. In this satellite session, RENEWAL/IFPRI brings together a panel of speakers to discuss the available evidence on the effectiveness of food and nutrition interventions, including social protection, in the context of HIV; critically reflect on the extent to which scientific evidence has been operationalized in policies and programs; and discuss challenges and priority actions for evidence-based expansion of these interventions for people living with HIV, and families affected by the epidemic.

Panel Members and Topics

Chair: Suneetha Kadiyala (Research Fellow, Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, IFPRI/RENEWAL)

  1. Food and nutrition assistance programs to HIV infected and affected individuals
    Speaker: Rahul Rawat (Research Fellow, Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, IFPRI/RENEWAL)
  2. Programs to improve infant and young child nutrition in the context of HIV
    Speaker: Rene Ekpini (Senior Advisor on HIV and AIDS, UNICEF)
  3. Integrating nutrition into national HIV policies and programs: experience from eastern and southern Africa
    Speaker: Pamela Fergusson (Nutrition & HIV Advisor, Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance -2)
  4. Social protection for children affected by AIDS: Experiences from Kenya
    Speaker: Margaret Wagah (RENEWAL Kenya, National Coordinator), presenting for Jacqueline Oduol (Secretary of Child Affairs, Ministry of Gender and Child Affairs, Government of Kenya)
  5. Addressing HIV and nutrition linkages: from evidence to impact
    Speaker: Scott Drimie (Regional Coordinator, RENEWAL and Research Fellow, IFPRI)