The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has cleared a new programme to provide nutritional supplement to children enrolled under their Anti-Retroviral Programme (ART).
Under the ART, the nutritional needs of 3,000 children will be covered. Children would get fortified powdered food supplements free of cost along with the ART medical support. The supplement under ART is expected to take care of 60 per cent of the child’s calorie, protein and micronutrient needs per day. The new programme will get technical support from several international agencies including Clinton Foundation and World Food Programme. According to the views expressed by the experts, an HIV-infected child with no symptoms needs 10 per cent additional nutritional input per day and the requirement increases with the presence of an infection.