Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Saving lives in Cambodia through early infant diagnosis of HIV

Two year old girl and her mother in the playroom.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Julie Masis
Van Kunthea*, who is 2 years old, is HIV positive. A few years ago, many HIV positive children like Kunthea didn’t live to see their second birthday. Fortunately, Kunthea was diagnosed within the first six weeks of being born and ever since she has been taking anti-retroviral drugs which prevent the HIV virus from destroying her immune system. Kunthea is healthy and has no symptoms of HIV, and her mother Sao Rasy*, takes her to Battambang Referral Hospital every month for a check-up and a supply of medication.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kompong Kong residents connect to clean and safe piped water

The family are now connected to the piped water supply system.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Reid
After taking her daily morning shower and eating breakfast with her family, 9-year-old Srey Neang from Preak Hang village, reads aloud from her Khmer text book, whilst swaying from side to side in a large, green hammock.  Neang, is preparing for school, but her mornings used to start in a completely different way.  Since April of this year, Neang’s family have been enjoying the benefits of being connected to a new piped water supply system, providing them with readily available, safe, treated drinking water which meets international quality standards.

Field Diary: Iodised Salt Use in Cambodia


In 1997, Bona Khoy was a UNICEF Communication Assistant documenting the impact of iodine deficiency disorder in Cambodia. Now a Communication Officer, he recently revisited one family and saw first-hand how iodised salt had a made a difference in their lives.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Growing up in Cambodia: Tou Eourn aged 14

Eourn washes a motorbike.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Reid
Tou Eourn has never attended school and works as a motorbike wash attendant in Svay Anthor Village, Prey Veng province.

“My name is Tou Eourn and I’m 14 years-old. I’ve been living in Prey Veng province for two to three months now. I used to live in Battambang province with my parents until they divorced. After the divorce, my mother and I moved to Ratanakiri province and I lived in a pagoda with the monks.  I used to assist many monks and be a monk boy. I worked as a monk boy for five years.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Preventing HIV and harmful consequences associated with drug use among young people

Vibol (name changed) points at the whiteboard as he mentors another Korsang client.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Robens
“Korsang is the main reason why I stopped using drugs. The staff motivated, counselled and educated me,” said 21-year-old, former drug user, Vibol* from Meanchey district, Phnom Penh. “They gave me hope when I thought my life was finished.”

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Growing up in Cambodia: Phoen Sopha aged 8

Living in Ormal village, about 30 minutes from the Battambang city.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2012/Julie Masis
Phoen Sopha lives in Ormal village, about 30 minutes from the capital city in Battambang province, north western Cambodia. Sopha said she was 10 years old, but according to her birth certificate, she is only 8 and will celebrate her ninth birthday in November.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Field Diary: Seeing first-hand how iodized salt eliminates iodine deficiency disorder

Sorn Ratha, aged thirteen, with goitre.
© UNICEF Cambodia/1997/Thearith Tith
In 1997, Bona Khoy was a UNICEF Communication Assistant documenting the impact of iodine deficiency disorder in Cambodia. Now a Communication Officer, he recently revisited one family and saw first-hand how iodised salt had a made a difference in their lives.