30 August 2016 Last updated at: 7:02 AM
Malawi Hunger: Food shortage threatening ARV effectiveness
The Malawi Network for People Living with HIV/Aids (MANET+) has reiterated the need for people living with HIV to have nutritious foods so that the anti-retroviral (ARVs) drugs which they take should effectively work in their bodies.
This is coming amidst hunger that has hit millions of people in the country which, according to the organisation, has heavily affected the lives of people living with HIV.
MANET says many people living with the virus are facing food shortages, a situation which is threatening their lives.
According MANET+ executive director Safali Mbewe, the problem is huge hence there is need for urgent solutions.
“There is need to take this issue seriously as the problem is huge and for medication to work one needs proper food to make sure that lives are sustained,” said Mbewe.
Over 6 million Malawians have been affected by the food shortage that has hit the country. The shortage was in part caused by the bad weather which destroyed crops and led to low yields during the last growing season.
However, government has assured people in the country that no one will die of hunger as it is purchasing maize locally and from outside the country.