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Sophal Ban talks about his HIV work

Siem Reap, Sophal Ban having been living with HIV for 20 years said he is happy to do various tasks assigned by the Referral Hospital of Krolanh in Siem Reap although some tasks are not on his job description. Some routine tasks that Sophal Ban has done were previously fulfilled by medical personnel of the Referral Hospital.

"However, I can do those tasks and I am happy to do them. All tasks I have done is a bit far from my job description but I am fine as it is on my job learning. You can see several tasks assigned by the hospital to me," said Sophal Ban.

Referral Hospital of Krolanh covers population from two districts - Srey Snom and Krolanh. Approximately 230 people in these two districts are living with HIV and among them 131 are women living with HIV. All are on ART; however, only 80 of them are legible to get ID Poor. "A patient who get ID Poor is entitled to be paid for his/her transportation to the referral hospital, food in amount of 5,000 riel ($1.2) and Ambulance," said Sophal Ban. 

However, 250 people living with HIV besides 80 people who get ID Poor are being supported by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for their transportation.

"Between January and June 2017, four people living with HIV were dead of non-communicable diseases but one of them died of HIV. He migrated from other place and his condition was so serious as he had dropped ARV. The last minute he appeared at the hospital was so late. We have detected 7 newly HIV-infected persons within the said period as well," said Sophal Ban. 

Sophal Ban said he would be infected with HIV since 1997 and he was treated with ARV in August 2005 in Siem Reap province. It is 20 years for Sophal to live with HIV and 12 years for him on ARV.

Lastly, Sophal said not all MMM coordinators do the same tasks. It is because of the requirements of each referral hospital. He listed a number of his tasks he has done and those include filling various forms such as Adult Patient Visit Form known as Form B; Forms A1, A2 and A3 for new cases and transferals; Register Book of the First Line ART patients; Follow-Up Book for Patients who Miss ART; TB Diagnose Book for HIV patients; Book for OI and Pre-ART patients; a list of ARV treatment; a daily log book; and a daily notebook. In addition to forms-filling, Sophal provides counselling to new patients and zero-discordant and TB drug effects, making calls to patients who missed appointment, taking blood three times per month for CD4 and Viral Load examination, transporting blood samples from laboratory to Siem Town for CD4 and viral load suppression.


By: Sovannara Mey