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The World in Medicine
August 16, 2006

AIDS and Food Shortages

JAMA. 2006;296(7):759. doi:10.1001/jama.296.7.759-a

The United Nations World Food Programme warned Southern Africa will continue to face food shortages this year as a result of the impact of HIV/AIDS combined with grinding poverty (http://www.wfp.org/). Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic, with 24.5 million people infected with HIV in 2005.

Despite better harvests in the region this year due to improved rainfall and wider availability of fertilizer and seeds, many people were unable to grow or buy enough food because they were too poor or too ill to work the land.