On 10 May next, the V DREAM International Conference, entitled Long Live Africa: defeating AIDS and malnutrition, will be held in Rome from 9am to 2pm at Rospigliosi Palace, Via XXIV Maggio 43.
The meeting will see the participation of the Vice-President of the World Bank, Joy Phumaphi, of the Italian Health Minister, the Hon. Livia Turco, of Ministers for Health or their representatives of 20 Sub-Saharan African countries (Angola, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Guinea, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Gabon, Lesotho), and of the Director of the HIV/AIDS Department of the World Health Organisation, Dr Kevin De Cock.
Conference deliberations will focus on the importance of the role played by the fight against malnutrition in the overall response to problems posed by the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Good nutrition does not treat AIDS but it does constitute a fundamental therapeutic safeguard and complements HAART treatment: it helps to maintain and to improve nutritional conditions and the state of health of those living with HIV and AIDS, countering opportunistic infections and enhancing the quality of life of infected people.
Nutritional therapy occupies an important place in the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS and this is why the DREAM programme has inserted it in its own preventive and therapeutic procedures as a key part of intervention.