Chuma na Uchizi: A Livelihood Intervention to Increase Food Security of People Living with HIV in Rural Zambia

J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2018;29(1):349-372. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2018.0024.


The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of Chuma na Uchizi, a livelihood intervention for people living with HIV (PLHIV) in rural Eastern Province, Zambia, on food security. The intervention included cash transfers to purchase income-generating assets, access to a savings account, and life-skills training. The study employed a non-equivalent groups design to compare intervention (n = 50) and control participants (n = 51) who were receiving outpatient care from two comparable health facilities in distinct constituencies in the same geographic area. We collected data before and after implementation of the intervention. Chuma na Uchizi improved access to food. At follow-up, the intervention group reported lower food insecurity scores compared with the control group (β = -5.65; 95% CI - 10.85 --0.45). Livelihood programs for PLHIV are practical and may be a promising approach to address food insecurity and its adverse effects.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Food Supply / statistics & numerical data*
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Assistance*
  • Rural Population* / statistics & numerical data
  • Zambia / epidemiology