Care and Comfort
Produced with funds from the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University, this documentary short examines the role of Buddhist monks in fighting Cambodia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. For years, the country had the unfortunate distinction of being the nation with the highest AIDS rate in Asia. In the early years the virus spread via Cambodia’s sex industry and was left unchecked by a health care system still reeling from the Khmer Rouge. By 1997, Cambodia’s HIV/AIDS infection rates had reached 3 percent of the population. But that number dropped significantly over the subsequent decade. We went to Cambodia to explore the factors leading to the decline.
Produced for Frontline World.