MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Increasing HIV/AIDS awareness
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 preventable. If empowered with accurate information, and freed from the 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.
In 2003 we launched our HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshop designed to empower grassroots people to transform the conditions that have perpetuated HIV/AIDS prevalence throughout the continent. To date, more than 1.1 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.
A partnership between The Hunger Project-Malawi and UNICEF was established to eradicate malaria by distributing anti-malaria bed nets to many villages has continued. The Hunger Project-Malawi provides our partners in the field loans to buy and sell bed nets at a very low price in an effort to dramatically reduce the incidence of malaria in as many villages as possible.