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The Chanthon Family, Cambodia

The Chanthon Family, Cambodia


The Chanthon Family live on the banks of the Mekong River in Cambodia. Both parents, Thochanna and Thon, are HIV positive and both get anti-retroviral therapy at the local health centre, the same health centre where their daughters, Suy Reoksa (12 years), and Suy Thida (10 years) were born free from HIV. As a result of treatment, Thochanna and Thon now feel strong and healthy and are earning a living raising pigs, thanks to a small loan and some training from Cambodian HIV/AIDS Education and Care (CHEC), supported by Trócaire.


Thon Chanthon is grateful that his daughters are HIV free and that he has been given the chance to see them grow. He has been inspired to give back to the community. He is a member of a home based care team that supports other households affected by HIV. He has received training in counselling, good nutrition, and linking pregnant women to health centres to ensure more children can be born free from HIV.



Photo: Ann-marie Coonan.


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Taken on July 29, 2011