HIV/AIDS is a debilitating disease that affects millions of people around the world, particularly those living in poverty. In fact, sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for the majority of the world’s new infections. HIV/AIDS continues to kill farmers, teachers and health workers, and negatively affects food production, life expectancies and infant mortality rates.
Steady increases in HIV treatment and prevention efforts have greatly reduced the number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths around the world, especially among children.
The Hunger Project works to empower local volunteer leaders with information, training and materials to go out and educate their communities. In partnership with governments and other civil society organizations, we provide access to health care services, immunizations, antiretroviral treatments and more.
What We Do
- Promote HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshops. In response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, THP launched HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshops in 2003. These workshops empower grassroots people to transform the conditions that have perpetuated HIV/AIDS. Since then, millions have been trained through these workshops.
- Provide access to HIV/AIDS testing and treatments. In addition to generating awareness about the root causes of HIV/AIDS infections, mobile voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services are offered in partner villages. Some of our epicenters in Malawi also partner with government to provide communities with access to antiretroviral treatments.
- Establish Microfinance Programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. In Malawi, a special Microfinance Program aims specifically at empowering often ostracized HIV-positive partners. While many NGOs do not provide loans to HIV-positive people out of fear that they will die before loans are repaid, The Hunger Project operates differently. We believe that all people have the right to access resources that can help them live better and more independent lives. With access to loans, people living with HIV/AIDS can, and do, improve their lives.
- Distribute anti-malarial bed-nets. Insecticide-treated bed nets are distributed throughout communities, often in partnership with like-minded organizations. For example, The Hunger Project-Malawi partners with UNICEF on the sale and distribution of low-cost, anti-malarial bed nets within our community epicenters. Over the years, THP has worked with our African partners to distribute hundreds of thousands of bed nets.
- Promote maternal and childhood health. The Hunger Project supports maternal and child health by empowering women to have a voice in decision-making and gain awareness about the importance of pre- and postnatal care. This support has been especially successful among our partner countries in Africa.
- Distribute female condoms. Women in Malawi are empowered to take control of their sexual and reproductive health with the distribution of female condoms at epicenter health centers.