Agence France Presse (09.17.07) - Tuesday, September 18, 2007
World Food Program said last week it had received from Malawi
a donation of 10,425 metric tons of maize worth $1.8 million.
"The contribution will ensure that tens of thousands of
vulnerable Malawians continue to receive crucial food
assistance until the end of 2007," said Dom Scalpelli, WFP's
director in Malawi. "Food is absolutely crucial to the fight
against HIV/AIDS, people affected by the pandemic are already
starting to benefit from the latest donation by the Malawian
government, and thousands more will now receive vital food
assistance in the coming months." Malawi has an adult HIV/AIDS
prevalence of 14 percent, and the country records some 78,002
AIDS-related deaths annually. WFP, which already assists more
than 110,000 AIDS-affected people monthly in Malawi, plans to
ramp up its operations and reach 203,000 by December.