Georgia Burford, CAFOD’s HIV Strategy Manager, writes:
It’s another busy day at the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne. Today I had the opportunity to present at a session with Water Aid on how CAFOD is linking up the different areas of work we do. Working with some of the poorest and most marginalised communities, we address HIV and we address the need for clean water and safe sanitation. But people’s lives aren’t segmented into neat little compartments so our work can’t be either.
On average, a person living with HIV needs two and a half times as much water as someone who is not HIV positive. For example, someone living with HIV requires good nutrition in order for AIDS treatment to work. This means that they need to have ready access to clean water for growing, washing and cooking food.
Yet despite this increased need, people living with HIV will often face increased barriers to accessing clean water and safe sanitation. Misconceptions of how HIV is transmitted may mean someone living with HIV faces hostility when trying to use a water pump. Continue reading