Over 200 people living with HIV/Aids who currently are under anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) dosage in Iramba district, Singida region, have been provided with relief food from the district council to improve their diet.
Iramba district HIV/Aids coordinator Paulina Ntoga said the food was donated by the Tanzania Commission for Aids (Tacaids) in the 2009/2010 financial year.
She said that Tacaids provided the district with 30.8m/-, of which it directed into the HIV/Aids control programme. He said they decided to purchase food because most of infected people were facing food shortage.
Ntoga said that the donation package include 3,500 kilos of rice, 1,800 kilos of sugar, 1,900 kilos of beans, 3,800 kilos of maize flour and 2,000 litres of cooking oil.
“Food is also given to under-five children and tuberculosis patients,” he said.
Ntoga said that 6.7m/- was spent on paying school fees for 122 orphans studying in 36 different secondary schools.
She said plans were underway to conduct educational training to Singida residents on care for children living with the disease to avoid further infections.
The coordinator said the district also planned to unite people living with HIV/Aids and provide them with entrepreneurship skills so that they could establish income generating activities.