Cambodia shows commitment to advancing social protection to people living with HIV
A national consultation was held on Advancing HIV-Sensitive Social Protection on 2 October in Phnom Penh. The meeting was organized by UNDP and UNAIDS in partnership with the Cambodian People Living with HIV network (CPN+). Seventy representatives from the Cambodian government, civil society, community groups – including entertainment workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs – participated in the consultation.
The meeting identified key areas for improving access to social protection services, which included eligibility criteria, making services more user-friendly and non-discriminatory, increasing the communities understanding of how to access and use available services and ensuring that communities are engaged in designing, planning implementing and monitoring services.
Cambodia has been a regional leader on HIV-sensitive social protection. The National Social Protection Strategy (2011-2015) recognizes people living with HIV as a key group and promotes helping them to move out of poverty and live productive lives, no longer requiring assistance.
* Panel on stage: H.E. Dr. Mean Chhi Vun, Director, National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STDs, H.E. Dr. Tia Phalla, Vice-Chair, National AIDS Authority (NAA), H.E. Ieng Mouly, Senior Minister in charge of special missions, Chair, National AIDS Authority (NAA), Mr. Napolean Navarrro, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Cambodia, Ms. Marie-Odile Emond, Country Director, UNAIDS Cambodia, Mr. Sorn Sotheariddh, National Coordinator, Cambodian People Living with HIV Network (CPN+)