HIV/AIDS and Gender

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Halting the Spread of HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is devastating Africa's most productive generation, setting back decades of progress in ending hunger. AIDS is killing farmers, teachers and health workers. Food production and life expectancies are dropping. Infant mortality rates are rising.

AIDS is 100 percent preventable. If empowered with accurate information, and freed from social taboos, attitudes and behaviors that fuel the epidemic, the people of Africa have proven that they can protect themselves and their families.

The Hunger Project is in a unique position to make a difference. Our successful programs in Africa have provided us with access to government, partnership with leading organizations, the critically missing rural infrastructure, and, most importantly, the courageous grassroots-level leadership willing and able to confront the gender issues fueling the spread of the disease.

Our 2001 Africa Prize focused on the issue, where we published a briefing on our eight-point strategy.

In 2003 we launched our HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Campaign. Our African leaders created a workshop designed to empower grassroots people to transform the conditions that have led to the spread of HIV/AIDS. To date, more than 1.3 million people have participated in the workshop.

We also support World AIDS Day each year, not only in Africa but around the world, to mobilize action to halt the pandemic.