Against All Odds: HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Indigenous Papuans.
Food packages given by YPKM, which includes 2kg of rice, cooking oil, sugar, milk, and infant formula (costing approx. $25), to those who are in the late stages of AIDS and mothers who cannot breastfeed their infants. The health condition of almost every person receiving this monthly food package has greatly improved.
One of the biggest obstacles to recovery and rehabilitation for indigenous Papuans living with HIV/AIDS is the lack of adequate nutrition. Due to poverty and because many Papuans have moved away from a subsistence garden culture, many cannot afford to purchase or consume wholesome foods. Papuans who are HIV-positive find it extremely difficult to work or tend their crops. Consequently, indigenous Papuans do not receive sufficient vitamins, proteins and nutrients from their diet. When they fall sick Papuans recover at a much slower pace and most find it extremely challenging to stay healthy.