Government to asses cash and food transfers in ART treatment

food is needed for healthy living

food is needed for healthy living

Government says it will soon embark on an assessment project to ascertain whether cash and food transfers can be used to enhance adherence to Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) treatment among the most vulnerable in society.
Director of Social Services in the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Stanfield Michele, says poverty and food insecurity have remained a major challenge to people initiating adherence to the (ART) treatment in the country.
Michele adds that government recognises the important role cash and social transfer can play in enhancing livelihoods among citizens.
He was speaking in a speech read on his behalf by National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC) Executive Director, Cassim Masi, at the dissemination meeting to review the Katete ART study results in Lusaka the Zambian Capital today.
The Katete ART research results showed that cash and food transfers have the potential to improve health nutrition and adherence to ART among the most vulnerable people in society.
Michele said government will use the Katete ART research results as an input in defining policy for the current cash transfer programmes so as to embrace those in most need.
And NFNC Head of Research and Planning, Musonda Mofu, hoped the Katete ART Assessment Study will assist government to develop appropriate policies in adopting the social and cash transfers among the vulnerable people adhering to ART.
Mofu also said generating scientific evidence on ART nutrition should be a priority for government because of the emerging issues in the field of nutrition science.
He further bemoaned the continued effects of malnutrition in the country, particularly stunting in children below two years despite government’s huge investment in addressing issues of the nutrition in the country.
Mofu further thanked cooperating partners for supporting the NFNC in its efforts of developing a national research agenda aimed at generating evidence on ART adherence for government to appropriately act upon.
The Katete research project was initiated by NFNC in Katete District of Zambia’s Eastern Province to investigate the reasons why adherence to ART was still a challenge.