Rwimi Mobile, a non-governmental organisation has suspended food supplies to hundreds of people living with HIV/Aids in Kabarole district citing shortage of funding.
Since 2013, Rwimi Mobile has been providing free nutritious foods like eggs, meat, chicken and fruits to 500 HIV/AIDS patients in Rwimi and Kisomoro Sub Counties.
However last year, the NGO halted the food supplies citing lack of funding. As a result, most of the beneficiaries have failed to adhere to the anti-retroviral therapy, which requires proper feeding.
Moses Baguma, the program manager of Rwimi Mobile, says they halted the food supplies after the money they received through Christ Aid ran out, leaving the organisation without any alternative.
Baguma explains that the provision of nutritious food to the patients had helped them stay healthier and adhere to drug therapies.
David Barungi, the in-charge Rwimi health center III, says that several patients have abandoned the ARV program, while others have reported to the center for treatment in a very bad shape because they take the ARV\'s without eating.
//Cue in: many of our peopleâ€¦
Cue out: â€œâ€¦without having food.
Reuben Musinguzi, a resident of Kakonga in Rwimi Sub County says he has been forced to take on a number of odd jobs like laundry and distilling alcohol to put food on his table.
He says that he can no longer continue taking the drugs because he is unable to afford sufficient food to make him stronger and able to stay on the drugs.
//Cue in: â€˜ARVs are strongerâ€¦
Cue out: â€œâ€¦food id not there.â€//
Richard Magezi, the chairperson Kabarole Forum for People Living with HIV and Aids, says the food support from the organizations had benefited HIV-positive people in the district.
He says that some patients have complained to him that they can\'t continue with the treatment without a proper diet.
Magezi explains that the association has gone a step further to encourage families with HIV-positive relatives to improve their diets and to support those affected by the disease to plant their own food for better nutrition.
//Cue in: â€œARVs are strongâ€¦
Cue out: â€œâ€¦when you have food.â€//
According to the World Health Organization, food can provide the first line of defence in warding off the detrimental effects of HIV and AIDS, and help people recover from illness.