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The information presented in this issue of Cajanus focuses on the care of adults infected with HIV and is available in the handbook for the nutritional management of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. Some of the articles included discuss the mode of transmission and the effects the virus has on the body, the importance of drug-food interactions and the precautions one should take with regards to minimizing these effects.

This issue of CAJANUS highlights the efforts of several Caribbean countries that developed guidelines that will encourage the selection, preparation and consumption of healthyfoods. Because they focus on risk reduction and health promotion these guidelines are critical, not only to guide the general public but also to the development of food policy and nutrition education programmes.

Food poisoning at a local food festival or tourism event, convulsions resulting from unscrupulous peddling of harmful food supplements and the unfettered consumption of “empty calories” from vending machines are images that we cannot allow to be a regular part of the Caribbean consciousness. This issue   of CAJANUS gives focus to these aspects of food safety where regulation may need to be introduced or enforced.

In issuing the Nassau Declaration in 2001, the Caribbean
Heads of Government pronounced that "the health of a
region is the wealth of the region". This Declaration stood
on three pillars: non-communicable diseases (NCDs),
HIV/AIDS and Mental Health. Previous issues of Cajanus
have elaborated on the critical role of nutrition in NCDs
and AIDS.  This issue draws attention to the little known,
but essential, role of nutrition in mental health.

Good nutrition of a population is central to national
development not only as a social good but also from
an economic standpoint. Coordinated sectoral actions
are required to best address the nutrition-related 
problems.  This issue of Cajanus calls attention to two
important sectors – agriculture and education and 
concludes with a presentation of the priorities and
strategic approaches required to improve nutrition,
health and national development.

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