The funding will go towards the set-up of Anglicare PNG's first Food Bank and Storage facility. Through the food bank and storage facilities, Anglicare can be able to provide nutritious meal for their beneficiaries. This initiative is in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations on the provision of food baskets at the start of antiretroviral treatment (ART) to combat the excessive hunger that people with HIV, especially those initiating treatment, can experience.
The organisation has worked to realign this strategy as part of HIV/AIDs program under Client Services Unit that will include nutrition in HIV treatment and care programs.
Anglicare National Director Heni Meke said, "While rapid scale-up of access to ART is a positive thing, starting patients on ART without ensuring full adherence through an adequate nutritional support system is likely to lead to treatment failure. Evidence suggests that people who receive food supplements recover faster than those who do not so ART access must therefore be just one component in a comprehensive package of care for people with HIV that includes nutritional support."
BSP's Head of Marketing and PR, Gorethy Semi said, "This is an important step to improving service delivery for Anglicare PNG. BSP has been a committed supporter to the work of the organisation. We are pleased that BSP can directly contribute to the health and well-being of those who use this service."
BSP is has a strong corporate stand of HIV/Aids awareness in being a part of the Business Coalition Against HIV Aids (BAHA).
BSP has stood with Anglicare by supporting what we do in the communities. On behalf of the Anglicare Foundation, "We sincerely thank Bank South Pacific for the timely donation and acknowledge the continued commitment in supporting the community," said Anglicare PNG's Corporate Manager, Collin Andamale.