A proud achievement, Khana, Cambodia
In 1997 the Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance was established as one of the Alliance's earliest linking organisations.
In 2008, KHANA was the first to undergo assessment as part of the Alliance's new accreditation system. Oum Sopheap, executive director of KHANA, explains waht accreditation and the Alliance means to him.
The Alliance has made KHANA what it is today.
"KHANA has undergone a huge transformation from a small project to the largest Cambodian NGO working on HIV. Our relationship with the Alliance has also changed significantly over the years, but what remains constant is the mutual support, exchange of information and experiences, and respect that each organisation holds for the other.
"In the early years, the Alliance Secretariat gave intensive support, and KHANA flourished under this guidance. Now, the Secretariat has stepped back to allow KHANA to take a leading role in Cambodia's community response to HIV, while still offering assistance when needed. KHANA's experiences have also helped inform other Alliance programmes globally.
"Our successful accreditation is international recognition of our organisational and programme strength. We are immensely proud of our achievements, and honour the strong and lasting friendships and partnerships forged over the years through the Alliance. They have made KHANA what it is today."