Capital To Observe AIDS Day

A variety of programs are planned in Phnom Penh to commemorate World AIDS Day Friday.

AIDS education will be offered in 537 classes in 14 Phnom Penh high schools, according to Kim Sanh of the Ministry of Educa­tion.

World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization, is launching a global initiative in the nearly 100 nations in which it works. In Cambodia, workers will fan out on foot from the main office in Phnom Penh to regional offices at Neak Leung and Kom­pong Speu, distributing AIDS information material along the way. World Vision notes that Cambodia is believed to have one of the fastest-growing AIDS problems in the world, with an estimated 200,000 people already infected.

Family Health International and five other agencies will be sending a truck loaded with information and entertainment to five different locations in Phnom Penh. Condoms will be on sale at a low price.

The entertainment will include songs, dances, drama, a band, shadow puppets and a quiz, all on AIDS themes; at each stop teams will distribute condoms and talk about men’s roles in preventing AIDS transmission.

The truck will visit the Bassac area from 7 am to 9:30 am; Kien Svay, 10 am to 1:30 pm; Wat Langka from 2 pm to 3:30 pm; Tuol Kok from 4 pm to 6:30 pm; and Wat Botum, 7 pm to 9 pm.

The other agencies are the Urban Sector Group, Cambodian Women for Peace and De­velop­ment, the Mith Samlanh Friends, Action for Information, Education and Communication; and Pop­ulation Services Inter­national.

A painting contest/exhibition is planned at the Royal University of Fine Arts, north of the Royal Palace. The exhibit, featuring pain­t­ings about AIDS, will run through Dec 8.



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