Coffee, Popcorn, Soup, and HIV

Promoting Food and Nutrition Security for Children and Pregnant Women Living with HIV in Ethiopia

It is 11:00 a.m. at the antiretroviral therapy (ART) unit of Gandhi Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Women have been arriving slowly over the last two hours for their monthly coffee ceremony discussion. The reception area is transformed— condoms and pamphlets swept off the table to make way for a colorful tablecloth and a bowl of flowers. Popcorn is popping, coffee brewing, and the aromas of coffee, popcorn, and incense mingle in the air. Smiles appear on the women’s faces as they enter the room and rekindle their monthly friendships. The coffee ceremony, part of everyday life in Ethiopia, is a key component of the “Food Secure and HIV-Positive in Ethiopia” project managed by Project Concern International (PCI), a San Diego-based nongovernmental organization.



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