Good nutrition has an important role to play in the management of the HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics currently ravaging southern Africa – but drugs have to be used as well.
This is one of the findings of a report, entitled Consensus Study on Nutrition, HIV/AIDS and TB, presented this morning by the Adademy of Science of SA.
The study found that a number of principles should be adhered to when formulating recommendations on nutrition policy regarding HIV/AIDS and TB.
"Optimum nutrition at the population level is necessary as part of a set of general measures for reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and TB, and at the level of individuals to improve health, quality of life and response to druge treatment, but it cannot directly prevent transmission of these infections or cure them or supervening infections," the report states.
It adds that nutrition should be part of a holistic, comprehensive and integrated approach.
The full report is available at www.assaf.org.za.