Welcome remark by Nick Beresford: People Living with HIV and Key Population Inclusion in ID Poor Process

Sep 29, 2017

At Consultative Workshop on People Living with HIV and Key Population Inclusion in ID Poor Process, 28 September 2017 / © UNDP Cambodia

Excellency CHHAY THAN, Senior Minister, Minister of Planning

Excellency TIA PHALLA, Vice-Chair of National AIDS Authority

Excellency THENG PAGNATHUN, Delegate of Royal Government of Cambodia in charge of Director General of Planning 

Mr. Sorn Sotheariddh, National Coordinator, Cambodian People Living with HIV/AIDS Network

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you all to this important event.

The inclusion of People Living with HIV and Key Population in the ID-Poor process marks significant advance strengthening Cambodia’s social protection and HIV responses. Today, we are moving beyond the conventional HIV and Social Protection responses: we begin to address fundamental issues of equity and the unique needs of people living with HIV.

I applaud the commitment of the Royal Government of Cambodia, and our civil societies, development partners and stakeholders, in bringing together and harmonising these two complex areas: people living with HIV and people living in poverty so that all Cambodian citizens can access to social protection and services. We as United Nations together with National AIDS Authority has released a study on impacts of HIV on the household people living with HIV. We found that these people and households are often affected by illnesses, loss of jobs, debt, and food insecurity and many challenges. For example, over 30% of people living with HIV lost jobs or other sources of income because of HIV; members from HIV-affected were more likely to have been hungry (50.8%) as compared with members from non-affected households (34.7%); 16% of people living with HIV reporting suicidal thoughts and 65% reporting low self-esteem.

People living with HIV and households living with HIV people are often subjected to stigma, discrimination, social exclusion and other human rights violations. Women and girls are particular often disproportionately affected. For instance, girls from HIV-affected households particularly from rural were more likely to have missed school (17%) as compared with girls from non-affected households (10%).  

The individuals and families affected by HIV may be in desperate need of support, and one of the major recommendations of the socio-economic study on the impact of HIV is to integrate HIV-sensitive considerations into existing social protection schemes and policies where the ID-poor serve as a key mechanism.

Including people living with HIV takes us heart of Sustainable Development Goals. It is Leaving No One Behind”. This is the promises from the Royal Government of Cambodia and from all United Nations’ member states that we aim to create better world by 2030. The Royal Government of Cambodia is one of the best levels of (treatment) coverage for people living with HIV. I congratulate the government this achievement and I see today we have an opportunity to build on this to take a step further.

I take this opportunity to thank colleagues from UNs’ agencies: UNDP and UN AIDS, but also particular from the Ministry of Planning, congratulate for the leadership, and particularly the ID-poor Department, National AIDS Authority, colleagues from CPN+, and all the key stakeholders for your valuable supports. 

I wish you all a very successful meeting.

Akun chara. Thank you.

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