More Support for Food Aid Agencies Needed To Break Cycle of Poverty Caused by HIV/AIDS Epidemics, Editorial Says
More support for food aid agencies will be necessary to "help break the cycle" of hunger and poverty, which is brought on in part by HIV/AIDS epidemics in developing countries, a Kansas City Star editorial says. Ambassador Randall Tobias, head of the State Department Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, at the Export Food Aid Conference in Kansas City, Mo., last week said that many African children "lose hope" when their parents die of AIDS-related causes and they are forced to provide for their families without the proper knowledge or resources, according to the editorial. Such situations show that the United States "should continue to play a leadership role in combating the disease and its effects around the world," the editorial says. HIV/AIDS and hunger present "complex problems" that will need "creative solutions," the editorial says, concluding that "[m]ore support is needed for agencies attempting to lessen the devastation" in many developing countries (Kansas City Star, 5/6).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.