Grassroots Initiatives
A Cambodian group has developed a pioneering community-based approach to HIV and TB care and research. Amy Maxmen describes how this powerful model is being expanded to other war-torn countries.

For 30 years, the paediatric ward of the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital stood crumbling at the southern end of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

In 2008, supported largely by private donations, the Cambodian Health Committee, a non-governmental organization (NGO), transformed the ward into the Sullivan Outpatient Center for children with HIV and tuberculosis (TB). Later that year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) entrusted the care of 205 HIV-positive children to the centre.


Corrigendum:

There were some errors in this article: the UN World Food Programme is a partner with, not a donor to, the Global Health Committee. The Zahara Children's Center is not open yet. Sok Thim has not had tuberculosis.