Factoid: Since 2009, South Africa has made considerable progress against the scourge of HIV/AIDS‚ with a marked decline in the number of new infections. Between 2009 and 2016, the total number of new HIV infections declined countrywide by 39%.
IRR analyst Tawanda Makombo said the previously high rate of new HIV infections declined largely as a result of improved HIV/AIDS awareness and campaigning strategies in schools‚ hospitals and communities.
Project Managers: Andras Namenyi
In South Africa, half of all new HIV-AIDS infections is amongst teenagers. As a part of the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country, staff of Namenyi Project Hope (formerly "Matumaini Project Hope") holds AIDS awareness seminars for the students of many rural area schools around Durban.
In addition to education, there is little debate as to the integral part that nutrition plays in HIV prevention, treatment and mitigation. Namenyi Project Hope undertakes feeding programs in schools, orphanages and clinics where a high percentage of the children are impacted by AIDS, delivering healthy food on a regular basis (fruit, vegetables, meat, and bread).
Namenyi Project Hope also assists rural area schools in becoming self-sufficient as far as food is concerned, by training them to grow and harvest high nutrition vegetables like spinach or cabbage. The vegetable is added to the daily soup ration customarily fed to school children in primary and secondary schools. Crops grown in vegetable tunnels are largely protected against climatic extremes, as well as free from insect attack and other destructive blight. Most importantly, the yield can be 8 times more than it would be in an open plot. Each food tunnel costs $270 and each set of seedlings provides 12-14 harvests, after which the only further investment is the cost of new seedlings.
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