Bandanh Chaktomok (hereafter referred as to BC), is a network of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG). BC held its first USAID-Flagship-sponsored annual meeting on 15 September 2014 at Eden Park restaurant, Phnom Penh of Cambodia. Approximately 75 MSM, TG and representatives from the National AIDS Authority, KHANA, FoNPAMs, MHC, MHSS, CSSD, KDFO, KHEMARA, KORSANG, CNMWD, CAM-ASEAN, RHAC, YOUT LEAD, AUA, CPN +, WNU, HACC, UNSESCO, UNDP, EWMI, FHI360 and USAID attended this meeting.
The meeting was opened by Mr. Mey Sovannara, Acting Policy and Strategy Manager; Mr. Ung Polin, UNAIDS; and H.E Dr. Teng Kunthy, Secretary of the National AIDS Authority (NAA). All chairpersons recommended that BC should revisit its roles in networking, partnership, communications, and its role in supporting MSM and TG to receive HIV prevention and treatment.
The meeting reviewed BC challenges, achievements in 2013 and 2014 and look into its annual plan of 2014-2015. BC Executive Committee faced its management crisis in 2013 soon after its Executive Committee selection. KHANA technically supported BC to solve this crisis and helped BC to recruit its secretariat that helps BC to move forward until today. With this technical supports, BC could achieve a numerous planned activities and their voices are internationally heard through its presence at the international level meeting and workshop.
BC was able to hold its Pride Week Event in Siem Reap province of Cambodia and Phnom Penh in 2014 and created focal persons in 3 different geographical areas. BC was able to organize its quarterly meeting, to collaborate with PONPAM to elect an MSM representative for the Global Fund Committee, to produce and disseminate IEC materials as part of its advocacy and visited MSM/TG hospitalized persons, the poorest MSM/TG, deaths and victims of violence.
However, KHANA plans to technically support BC to re-visit its role, advocacy, communications and its effective networking in the near future.