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Food security status in households of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in a Ugandan urban setting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17381879     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Because HIV/AIDS negatively impacts on the food security status of households, it is crucial to identify how households respond to these impacts, in order to identify positive food security entry points and design strategies that can effectively alleviate food insecurity among the households of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). A cross-sectional study was thus undertaken to establish how HIV affected households in an urban Ugandan setting in terms of response to food shortages and the interrelations between the practice of agriculture by PLWHA households within and around town, food security, access to food aid and dietary diversity among these households. Data for this cross-sectional study were collected using quantitative methods from 144 randomly recruited households of PLWHA (aged 15-49 years) residing in Jinja town in Eastern Uganda. The study showed that the HIV/AIDS pandemic has increased the inability of affected households in the study area to put enough food on the table, possibly because of the continued decreased productivity in these households and the high expenditure on medical costs. Various coping mechanisms identified in the households of PLWHA may contribute to poor adherence to antiretroviral regimes and poor quality of life for all household members. However, the practice of agriculture by PLWHA households was one of the positive coping mechanisms to alleviate food insecurity.
John Bukusuba; Joyce K Kikafunda; Roger G Whitehead
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-03-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of nutrition     Volume:  98     ISSN:  0007-1145     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. J. Nutr.     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-18     Completed Date:  2007-09-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372547     Medline TA:  Br J Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Food Science and Technology, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
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MeSH Terms
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / epidemiology
Crops, Agricultural
Cross-Sectional Studies
Family Characteristics
Food Supply*
HIV Infections / epidemiology*
Public Assistance
Socioeconomic Factors
Uganda / epidemiology
Urban Health

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