HIV/AIDS prevention and protection
We operate a range of different projects that specifically target the protection, empowerment, education and inclusion of local women who may have suffered from sexual exploitation or been marginalised from their communities.
Our HIV Prevention and Education project identifies people most at risk of contracting HIV and promotes awareness of STIs and other venereal and communicable diseases through outreach programs. By educating and working alongside the local ‘Key Affected Population’, predominantly Entertainment Workers (EW) including drug users, Men who have sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender groups (TG), we continue to successfully remove the stigma associated with HIV and other STIs within the local communities.
It is also very important these vulnerable groups understand the various preventative measures at their disposal – be it the distribution of free condoms or simple classes on contraception and awareness.
During 2015 alone, we are extremely proud to have helped many Key Affected Populations who otherwise would have little or no support. For our HIV Prevention and Education projects, there have been over 7,000 direct beneficiaries, in both the Preah Sihanouk Province and the urban Russey Keo district of Phnom Penh.
Our incredible project staff and outreach workers made over 24,000 interactions with individuals through workshops in both drop in centres and entertainment venues, while also ensuring over 13,000 condoms were distributed to promote more widespread contraception efforts.
In 2016 the program expanded to include Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri and Preyneng.
Much of this work is heavily dependent upon successful donor relationships, and we are looking to increase the breadth of our operations to ensure more vulnerable groups are educated and protected from HIV and other STIs in the future.
- Posted On : 20 Jun 2016