Nutritional supplementation programs:
In partnership with Church World Service (CWS), the relief and development arm of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, GIANT is supporting the Moringa Tree of Hope initiative. This is a project to grow and disperse Moringa trees, which are fast growing and can be used as a highly nutritional food supplement, among other uses. The Moringa project is a prototype for the use of indigenous plants to promote health and healing in HIV positive populations. A clinic trial of the benefits of Moringa leaf powder in HIV infection is currently in progress in Ghana.
GIANT is also collaborating on a project called “Operation Heart to Heart” which involves the development of a state-of-the-art Infectious Disease/HIV Health Center in Nigeria, with special emphasis on prevention, care, education and research. GIANT is primarily providing support in the nutritional therapy aspects of this project.
Educational efforts, participation and sponsorship of scientific conferences:
GIANT has participated in several medical conferences, such as the African Health Ministers’ Conference on HIV and Malaria, Atlanta, GA, April 2000; Meeting of African Presidents in Nigeria, April 2001; Annual Meetings of the African Society for Free Radical Research (in Mauritius, July 2001 and Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 2002). GIANT is also involved in education and outreach for HIV positive populations to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition in the management of HIV/AIDS.
Support of basic and clinical scientific research related to nutritional therapies for AIDS:
In addition to the ongoing clinic trial of Moringa leaf powder to combat HIV associated wasting, GIANT is sponsoring several small clinical studies of micronutrients such as selenium and other antioxidants in Botswana and Rwanda.
ECO Village Enterprises (EVE Project)
The EVE plan presents a comprehensive way of responding to the international orphan crisis while helping people with HIV/AIDS (as well as other disabled, or disenfranchised individuals). EVE will create jobs and offer educational and healthcare services. In addition it will be a unique global educational forum, which will facilitate and enhance intercultural relations, environmental awareness, and a sense of belonging to a global family.
Current and planned GIANT project sites:
Angola, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana, China, India, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Brazil, Haiti, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the USA (Atlanta, Georgia).
We are building partnerships with corporations and other organizations to implement the GIANT Multivitamin Project (MVP), the ultimate goal of which is to provide multivitamin-mineral supplements to all HIV infected individuals who could otherwise not obtain them.