January is usually a quiet month at Untenu. This year not: already five times we released budget for emergency relief for LGBTIs living with HIV in Cambodia. Below we tell the stories of three men who were admitted to the hospital recently.
The new year was just beginning or bad news came: H.S. (33) from Battambang – who suffered from TB & HIV – died.
Last week we received 3 requests at Untenu to assist people with HIV: a gay man of 30; a transwoman of 28 and finally a lesbian of 28 years old.
Her name is PC, she is 57 years old, transgender and she earns her money as a fortune teller at the Poipet market, where she also cleans on demand. She has known for 10 years that she is HIV-positive, but became ill because she didn’t have enough money to take her medicine with food.
The HIV virus is one of the causes of the global tuberculosis epidemic. According to the World Health Organisation, by 2015 there were 1.2 million HIV-infected people worldwide who received TB (source: KNCV Tuberculose Fonds). Today, we provided money for a 33-year-old gay man who, in addition to HIV, also contracted tuberculosis.
Today Untenu has granted money to BC (Bandanh Chaktomok – National LGBT Network Cambodia) to help an HIV positive transgender sex worker with medical assistance so that she will be able to start working again after recovering.
What is it like coming out as a LGBTI in Cambodia? In this video jong Khmer LGBTIs tell about their lives as a member of the LGBTI community in Cambodia.
This video is about bullying and discrimination of LGBTI’s by family members and in the Khmer society. This video aims to increase the understanding and support of the society, friends and family. After all. they have the greatest share in LGBTIs life and well-being.
Since Untenu Foundation signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Bandanh Chaktomok (BC, National MSMS & TG Network Cambodia), BC has been giving emergency aid to two members of the LGBTI community. The first request came from a HIV positive transgender woman living in the rural area of Kampong Thum. The second request was done for a gay man living with HIV in Battambang.