The first request for relief in the new decade was for a 27-year-old drag queen from Kampong Chhnang who worked in the capital Phnom Penh. He stopped working after he was also infected with tuberculosis (TB).
This week we helped a 42-year-old tuktuk driver who needed urgently hospitalization because he was seriously ill with TB.
This week we helped a 45-year-old dance teacher who not only is HIV positive, but also needed hepatitis treatment urgently.
In April we provided – together with our local partner Bandanh Chaktomok – four times emergency aid: twice to a gay man living with HIV, twice to trans women living with HIV. We are currently looking for an internship for the young man.
Sunday May 19 is the day Untenu Foundation – in cooperation with Mara Projecten – organises the fourth edition of AIDS Candlelight Memorial. For the third time in Rotterdam. Starting at 5 PM, free admission. Remembering our beloved ones who we lost because of AIDS.
Update January 31: At the age of eighteen, R.P.went to Thailand and worked as a sex worker for five years. Now he is 23 and went home sick: AIDS & TB. Our help was of no avail, R.P. is deceased.
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.
Halfway through Rotterdam Pride we got a request to help K.C.: he was admitted with stomach problems. Besides HIV, he was also infected with tuberculosis (TB). A week later he died. Our help was of no avail.