Cambodia: Access to Drugs a Lifesaver for People With HIV
November 3, 2010
Rural HIV patients in Cambodia face unique challenges compared to their urban counterparts. In remote villages, people with HIV often lack basic medical care and encounter disease-related stigma and ignorance from neighbors. There are no HIV/AIDS counselors to talk to about living with the virus.
"HIV and AIDS is the big issue, the big challenge in Cambodia, especially in rural areas like Kampong Cham," said Thorn Vandong, a monk and executive director of the non-governmental group Buddhism and Society Development Association. BSDA links rural HIV patients with counseling, provides them with monthly stipends so they can afford transportation to clinics, and offers health education to communities.
Inter Press Service
11.01.2010; Irwin Loy
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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