TITLE

Measuring Food and Nutrition Security: Tools and Considerations for Use Among People Living with HIV

AUTHOR(S)
Fielden, Sarah; Anema, Aranka; Fergusson, Pamela; Muldoon, Katherine; Grede, Nils; Pee, Saskia
PUB. DATE
October 2014
SOURCE
AIDS & Behavior;Oct2014 Supplement, Vol. 18, p490
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
As an increasing number of countries implement integrated food and nutrition security (FNS) and HIV programs, global stakeholders need clarity on how to best measure FNS at the individual and household level. This paper reviews prominent FNS measurement tools, and describes considerations for interpretation in the context of HIV. There exist a range of FNS measurement tools and many have been adapted for use in HIV-endemic settings. Considerations in selecting appropriate tools include sub-types (food sufficiency, dietary diversity and food safety); scope/level of application; and available resources. Tools need to reflect both the needs of PLHIV and affected households and FNS program objectives. Generalized food sufficiency and dietary diversity tools may provide adequate measures of FNS in PLHIV for programmatic applications. Food consumption measurement tools provide further data for clinical or research applications. Measurement of food safety is an important, but underdeveloped aspect of assessment, especially for PLHIV.
ACCESSION #
98198517

 

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