9th ECOWAS Nutrition Forum Opens in Cotonou

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 9th annual forum of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nutrition network opened here Monday with Benin's health minister Céline Kandisounon urging participants to strategize on nutritional support for people living with HIV/AIDS.
The minister said the nutritional situation in Africa was compounded by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, noting: "Nutrition is closely related to HIV since the disease increases the patients' nutrient requirements and makes them more vulnerable to malnutrition.
" According to the document "Nutrition opportunities and challenges and HIV", two-thirds of the 37.
8 million people infected with HIV in the world live in sub-Saharan Africa.
"Despite the treatments and medical care for the HIV-related diseases, nutritional cares are still limited," notes the document.
The Beninese health minister also called on the conferees to elaborate measures pertinent in the fight to reduce malnutrition in the countries of the sub-region.
During the five-day conference, participants are also expected to identify strategies to strengthen the capacities of nutritionists for better implementation of the national anti-HIV programmes.

20 september 2004 17:45:00

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