Surprising levels of poverty and food insecurity revealed in Moldovan study 2011

11 May 2013

Nearly half of unemployed respondents reported food deficits in their households.

Between October 2010 and February 2011 403 people were interviewed in Moldava about their experiences of living with HIV. The study was led by the League of People Living with HIV of Moldova. The study found that HIV-related stigma was prevalent and an ongoing part of life for the people living with HIV in Moldova who took part. Poverty is a crucial consideration and the study showed  an average income per household member of US$53.8 per month is considerably less income than the national average of 1018.7 MDL (US$ 88.6) ( ). There are also high rates of unemployment among respondents (52.9%, n=213), significantly higher than the national average of 7.4%. Furthermore, nearly half of unemployed respondents (47.4%, n=100) reported household food deficits during the last month during a period of 5 days, on average.