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The catalytic role of housing for HIV positive families

In Cambodia, there are over 70,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and many face daily challenges around accessing housing and basic services.

HIV/AIDS is deeply stigmatised in Cambodia, so affected families also experience discrimination and isolation from the community.

Housing, however can play a catalytic role in turning lives around. That’s why as part of our Building Better Lives Project, we are working with households living with or affected by HIV/AIDS to build safe, decent homes.

So, what effect does housing have? We undertook an evaluation of Phase One of our project where we worked with 140 families living with HIV/AIDS to improve housing conditions.

The evaluation found that the project has enabled beneficiaries to improve their living situation in a variety of ways including by providing protection from the elements and access to electricity and sanitation facilities.

Key findings include 90% of beneficiaries reporting an increased sense of security in their home environment. There has been increased awareness of water and sanitation and HIV/AIDS care and prevention. The security and stability of a home and being part of a community has also seen 75% of beneficiaries report a reduction in discrimination.

Help raise awareness this World AIDS Day and give affected families the chance to build a brighter future for themselves. Donate today.

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