Fish, another weapon in the battle against HIV/AIDS
Raising fish to feed the orphans
Dried fish powder keeps well and is easily transported. Preliminary studies in Lusaka that compared HIV patients that consumed fish with those who did not found that adding 2.5 kilograms of dried fish powder per month to the diet helped nutritional status and wound healing. The cost of this nutritional supplement is less than US$60 per person per year and can be lower using locally caught fish such as kapenta (Limnothrissa miodon) or farmed fish. The studies found that fish powder should be added in combination with additional calories to avoid weight loss. The clinical trials in Lusaka analyze the effects of fish and fish powder on the nutritional status and response to antiretroviral therapy of patients in clinics and treated at home and have found preliminary but strong indications that fish powder sustainably improves conditions for people living with HIV.
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Brochure: Fisheries and HIV/AIDS in Africa: investing in sustainable solutions (2009)
Video: YouTube Fish farming supports HIV-affected families in Africa (2008)
Workshop: Responding to HIV and AIDS in the Fishery Sector in Africa (Zambia, February 2006)