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Sir Elton John has joined with CARE International and other leading international aid agencies, to put food at the forefront of the fight against HIV and AIDS in India. The project aims to improve the quality of life of children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and their families in India, by providing care, support and treatment services. It will support 150,000 people affected by HIV and AIDS get better access to food and nutrition, as well as a chance to build sustainable livelihoods. The £500,000 contribution from the Elton John AIDS Foundation is crucial to ensuring the success of the new Indian food project. Sir Elton said: “If we have learned anything from this epidemic over the past 20 years, it is that success is only possible with collaboration. I hope this project will serve as a model for public/private partnership of HIV and AIDS treatment and care in India”. Chief Executive of CARE InternationalUK agrees, and warns that it is almost impossible to fight the HIV virus without effective nutrition. To stay strong children infected with HIV can need as much as twice the amount of food that healthy children need. “The fight against HIV cannot be won using drugs alone. Some anti-retroviral therapies are only effective when taken on a full stomach, so drug treatments must be run alongside programmes which ensure those affected have access to reliable food supplies”. To fight it CARE International, along with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative, amongst others foundations. India has an estimated 5.2 million people living with HIV and AIDS. About 120.000 children are estimated to be infected with HIV.

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