Svay Rieng and Kampot

Healthy Children

Healthy Children

Results: Final Report

Thanks to the support of the GO Community, CHC was able to hire medical staff to provide antiretroviral therapy to HIV infected children at Svay Rieng Referral Hospital in Svay Rieng and Kampong Trach Referral Hospital in Kampot Province. The funds contributed to strengthen the quality of OI/ART (other infectious/anti retroviral treatment) clinics’ services provided to children at both hospitals. In total, 243 children received OI/ART services and 225 participated in HIV counseling sessions. In addition to medical treatment at the hospital, GO funds were also used to fund medical home visits for 819 children with AIDS, purchase uniforms for 577 children, and provide 281 families with rice. Six families were also provided funds to help renovate their homes and one child received a bicycle. This additional social support has allowed these families to better integrate themselves into the community. The CHC team has observed reduced levels of stigma and discrimination when they conduct home visits, and the children in these families were able to go to school and play with other children. Previously, the families and the children never wanted to disclose their HIV status to their neighbors and did not allow the team to visit them in their home due to fear of discrimination which might occur as a result of a visit from the medical staff. The program has not only improved children’s health but has allowed families to feel supported and accepted regardless of HIV status and thus improved the children’s quality of life.

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Dr. Sok Thim

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