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Meeting on health service provision to most-at-risk populations for harm reduction

KHANA in cooperation with the municipal health department organizes the second meeting, discussing health service provision to people who use drug and inject drug. This meeting is held today, 15 July 2014, at the Green Palace Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Participants in this meeting are health sector personnel and local authorities from Por Senchey, Dangkor, Tourl Kok and Reusey keo. The meeting reflects the health sector support services into support HIV/HR project, updates information on harm reduction and HIV among key health sector personnel, informs current harm reduction issues/concerns in relation to health sector personnel, and strengthens coordination between civil society and the police officers with health service providers.

“We expect that the meeting may increase understanding of on-going and current Harm Reduction Programme, the importance of involvement of health sector personnel, police officers and local authorities in supporting harm reduction and HIV implemented by civil society,” said Mr. Hong Reaksmey, KHANA Policy and Strategy Manager.

Illicit drug use is still the main issue in Cambodia. Drug users are still criminalized under article 45 of the Cambodian Drug Control Law. This law also allows compulsory treatment. Rejection to compulsory treatment is punishable by court. However, articles 100 and 109 listed a range of the state obligations.

KHANA is one of 6 countries that received funding support for Community Advocacy on Harm Reduction (CAHR). The Asia Action was recognized as the project to support harm reduction and KHANA is the only one NGO in Cambodia, implementing the project.

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