Prevalence of HIV is greatest amongst female entertainment workers (EWs) and sex workers (SWs), who are the most at risk group in Cambodian society. Cambodia has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in South East Asia. CPU strives to improve and ensure occupational health and safety for EWs/SWs, working towards the 2015 UNAIDS target of no mother-to-baby HIV transmission by 2015.
CPU has implemented a number of activities as part of the Safe Work Project which builds on the support provided for women living with HIV/AIDS and now also includes women who are HIV negative; this has brought a new focus for prevention. CPU recruits Outreach Workers and Peer Educators in order to reach as many women as possible to promote safe work and sexual health.
CWDA supports the Safe Work Project by:
- Strengthening the capacity of CPU personnel
- Promoting the rights of EWs/SWs and people living with HIV
- Ensuring that EWs/SWs access health services
- Promoting condom use among SWs and their partners
- Reducing harm among drug-using EWs/SWs