Governments, donors, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have increasingly recognized the importance and benefits of nutrition care for people living with HIV (PLHIV). As a result, several countries have made substantial progress in integrating nutrition components into HIV care and treatment services. The primary model supported by the United States President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for integrating these nutrition services into clinical services is nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS).
To enable countries to share tools and experiences and to disseminate promising approaches, the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance II Project (FANTA-2) at AED collaborated with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the University Research Corporation, LLC (URC)/NuLife; the Uganda Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care (RCQHC); and the Uganda Ministry of Health to hold a 4-day meeting on NACS programs. The meeting was funded by USAID and was held September 14–17, 2010, in Jinja, Uganda.