GlobeMed at Rutgers University partners with CSSD, an organization that fights for the health and human rights of marginalized communities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
GlobeMed at Rutgers University + CSSD
GlobeMed at Rutgers University | New Brunswick, New Jersey
Cooperation for Social Services and Development | Phnom Penh, Cambodia
In Cambodia, HIV disproportionately affects men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers, and intravenous drug users.
“We want to learn from [students] on the theories and improve our quality of work or implementation in the project activities.”
– Meas Chanthan, Executive Director of CSSD
About the Partnership
Cooperation for Social Services and Development (CSSD) is a local NGO working with vulnerable people, especially those working in entertainment establishments such as brothels, massage parlors, karaoke, beer gardens, and men who have sex with men (MSM), to provide and/or facilitate outreach education sessions and information on HIV/AIDS and related social and health issues. CSSD’s goals are to improve health and job security among vulnerable populations, and to increase the capacity for human resources and organization. Since the fall of 2011, GlobeMed at Rutgers has raised over $3,500 to implement an HIV/AIDS prevention program for entertainment workers through their partnership with CSSD.
GlobeMed at Rutgers University aims to fund an HIV/AIDS Prevention Program among women entertainment workers at CSSD in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Through discussion groups led by peer facilitators from within the entertainment worker community, women will discuss HIV/AIDS and other health related issues and the obstacles they face in getting access to health care. Entertainment workers, along with CSSD staff, will have quarterly meetings with stakeholders to discuss the position of entertainment workers in society, the issues they face, and the steps to achieving equal opportunity for access to health care services for Entertainment Workers.
This project will serve as an outreach program that will reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS infection among entertainment workers by promoting safe sexual practices.