WFP Togo Country Brief, October 2016
- Since the month of August 2016, the prices of food staples have started decreasing due to newly harvested maize in the southern region of the country, helping to improve the access of rural poor people to food.
- A study on the vulnerability of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and Tuberculosis (TB) on antiretroviral therapy (ART) or Directly Observed Therapy Short course (DOTS) treatments revealed that about 14 percent of ART clients, 19 percent of DOTS clients and 22 percent of co-infected AIDS and TB patients are suffering from acute malnutrition. To address the situation, WFP in collaboration with UNICEF has provided technical and financial support to the Ministry of Health to undertake the revision of the Togolese nutrition guide for ARV and DOTS clients in order to improve the nutritional assistance of people living with HIV and TB. The Joined United Nations Team for Aids (JUNTA) planned in its 2017 work plan some advocacy activities at the national level to convince CCM (Country Coordination Mechanism of Global Funds), CNLS (Conseil National de lutte contre le SIDA) and PNLS (Programme National de lutte contre le VIH/SIDA) to reintegrate nutrition support to PLHIV in the country's next submission to the Global Fund in 2017. The Country Office will need support from nutrition Experts from Regional Bureau.