People living with HIV and some stakeholders and community members looking after orphans and vulnerable children have petitioned government to start supplying them with food supplements.
Field Officer for health and HIV/AIDS at CINDI, Brian Lukonde said many people in Chimwemwe and Chipata compounds have so far appended their signatures to the petition.
Mr. Lukonde said after a survey carried out in his organisation’s catchments areas, it was discovered that some people on anti-retro viral (ARV) drugs were not taking a balanced diet because to lack of food in their households.
He said this in an interview with ZANIS after a community sensitization programme in Chimwemwe township today.
He further said majority of the orphans and vulnerable children who were living with virus were not out of school because they had no food in their families.
Mr. Lukonde explained that poverty and hunger were most prevalent among the vulnerable because they had no source of income.
He said CINDI alone could not feed the high number of orphans and vulnerable children that were living with the virus hence the need to have the support from government.