Sampho (not his real name) reads his text book during class.
©UNICEF Cambodia/ 2016/Navy Kieng
Sampho*, 11, is a young boy living with HIV. Sampho’s parents died in 2010 and he now lives with his great grandparents and the family of his aunt in Cambodia’s north eastern Kratie province. There are 11 people in his family and they all depend on his aunt and uncle who are construction workers. The young boy is in grade 5 at a local primary school near his home.
Sampho is a happy boy who does well in school. “I want to be a medical doctor,” he said.
“He is a good student, intelligent, brave and friendly,” his teacher, Ms. Tep Thida, said.
Once each month, Sampho goes to the provincial hospital with his grandmother or his aunt for regular medical follow up and to receive antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.
UNICEF provides support for transport costs and he regularly joins the activities of Friends Helping Friends, known as ‘mmm’ meetings for health education and consultations. When he is waiting for his appointment and treatment at the hospital, Sampho enjoys reading books and playing with toys in the hospital’s playground, which is also sponsored by UNICEF.