Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Phnom Penh hosts regional drug event

Phnom Penh hosts regional drug event

Phnom Penh hosts regional drug event

PHNOM Penh on Wednesday opened a major regional workshop called "Response Beyond Borders" focusing on the prevention of HIV as it relates to the intravenous use of illegal drugs.

The workshop, which is to  conclude today, is a follow up to a January conference in Goa, India, and brings together drug-users, people who help addicts, researchers and politicians to discuss how to improve policy and the delivery of services, while reducing  the rate of incarceration of drug users in Southeast Asia.

Gordon Mortimore, a technical advisor to the HIV/Aids Asia Regional Program (HAARP) and an executive committee workshop member, said Cambodia was chosen to host the workshop as a way to encourage the government's prior efforts in this area.

Another reason why Cambodia was selected as a host is to show support for Korsang, a Phnom Penh NGO that conducts a variety of harm reduction services, including needle exchange and health education, and runs a 24-hour drop-in centre.

Korsang was able to bring 25 drug-users to the conference.

"I brought them ... so they can know they are not alone in this," said Holly Bradford, one of the founders of Korsang.

"I just want to them to feel a part of something," she added.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all