KHANA will draw on its extensive skills and experience to implement the programme: Sustainable Action against HIV and AIDS in Communities (SAHACOM). The grant of $13.4m will fund the programme for five years from October 2009.
SAHACOM means ‘community’ in Khmer, reflecting the programme’s strong emphasis on community-based approaches for empowerment and sustainability. SAHACOM will work closely with 26 local non-government and community based organisations to make vital, high quality care and support services available to over 19,000 people living with HIV, including orphans and vulnerable children. It will provide prevention information and services to at least 8,000 most at risk populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who use drugs) in eight priority provinces and the municipality of Phnom Penh.
SAHACOM will enable KHANA to continue its current level of programming and will also ensure that most at risk populations have improved access to care and support services and that prevention activities are renewed in order to maintain pace with a constantly changing epidemic.
The programme will also focus on increasing the sustainability of home based care through greater leadership of people living with HIV. This will include the development of a new partnership between KHANA and Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) to develop new models of economic strengthening for PLHIV and other most at risk groups.
This funding represents a continuation of funds for KHANA to carry out its important community based programme which, funded jointly by USAID, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the European Union, contributes significantly to the Cambodian national response to HIV. Currently KHANA is reaching more than 50% of all orphans and vulnerable children receiving care and support in Cambodia and more than 50% of all estimated people who use drugs in Cambodia are reached through its harm reduction programmes. 44% of all people receiving home and community based care (HCBC) in Cambodia do so through KHANA and its implementing partners.
KHANA has been an Alliance linking organisation since 1997 and received USAID funds through the Alliance UK Secretariat for many years. In 2006 in recognition of its significant growth and development, USAID began funding KHANA directly. Technical and management support from the Secretariat was delivered through a contract for services.
Oum Sopheap, Executive Director of KHANA, said: ‘This new USAID contract marks a significant moment in KHANA’s organisational development, as we take on the role of lead implementing partner with the Alliance Secretariat still offering assistance when needed. We are immensely proud of our achievements.’