Number 1 Condom – Cambodia

Phnom Penh PSI and the Number 1 CondomPopulation Services International (PSI), a non-profit organization, established its Cambodia office in 1993. In 1994, PSI/Cambodia launched its Number One condom social marketing program to ensure access to affordable quality condoms to populations most at risk for HIV/AIDS while improving knowledge and beliefs related to safer sexual practices.

In its successful efforts to stem the epidemic, the Royal Government of Cambodia enlisted PSI/Cambodia to become a key partner in its 100% Condom Use Program to stage large entertainment-education concerts in the provinces. To further raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and Number One, PSI/Cambodia and its numerous partners have made use of large events such as the annual Water Festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people from the provinces who come to view the barges race along the Tonlesap Riverfront, in front of the Royal Palace.

Education and promotion through channels such as cyclo-drivers and mass media and effective coverage in higher risk establishments have contributed to Number One sales reaching 177 million units by September 2006.

“Number 1” was also a reminder of Hun Sen’s plan for 100% Condom use in Cambodia.  Number 1 has penetrated the Cambodian market better than any other condom, including those from the West with better and fancier marketing and more well-known brands.

PSI and Cambodia’s Number One Condom

“PSI’s methods include substantial investment in training a sales force in modern marketing techniques – something of a novelty in Cambodia where the undisciplined free market arrived with whirlwind force just a few years ago. They produce a radio soap opera to make the topic more acceptable, and they provide incentives to both staff and retailers. A box of 100 condoms is sold for US$1, a penny each, some US$0.05 cheaper than the cost price. Street sellers, brothel owners or pharmacists then mark them up 100 percent and sell these on to customers in packs of four at 200 riel or around US$0.8.” That’s still really cheap. Usually if a guy goes to spend five dollars in a brothel, he is not going to worry much about 200 riel,” an AIDS prevention worker said.

PSI believes it could probably charge more for the condoms, but that would be missing the point, which is to get them out there in large numbers to the poorest sections of society. “If we were not losing money, we would not be reaching the people we needed to,” Burkly said.

Condoms are a particularly hard sell in Cambodia for a number of reasons. First, the country has never been introduced to condoms by the sort of large-scale family planning programs that have been common for two decades in other Asian countries. A year ago, a survey showed that 98 percent of married women had never used a condom. “Men don’t even know how to use them,” said the World Health Organization’s Annie Macarry.”

A Little Condom Humor

Number One Condom HumorCOPY:

My girlfriend invited me to her house where I found her sister alone.  So I sat their waiting for my girlfriend while her unbelievably sexy sister was sitting with me.  A few moments go by, then she comes up next to me and whispers in my ear, “We should have sex before my sister comes home”.  I immediately got up, and turned around to walk to my car. I found my girlfriend standing by the door, at which point she hugged me and said “you’ve won my trust”.

Moral of the story, always keep your condoms in your car!

Should I wear Two Condoms at the same time?

Never use two condoms at the same timeNO.  NO.  NO.

Twenty-nine women (66%) reported that at least one client had worn two condoms concurrently during intercourse

NO.  NO.  NO.

Here’s a simple trick to last longer in bed: wear two condoms.
How long will you last?
It’s individual, but you can expect to last 2-3 times longer. (about 5-10 minutes, for most men with premature ejaculation.)

NO.  NO.  NO.

I have to tell you that some condom manufacturers (an some people online) advise against wearing two condom.

Because when you wear more than one condom at a time there will be some friction between them. And that makes them more likely to tear.

…using 2 condoms at once makes you MORE likely to get an STD or unexpected pregnancy. Not less. MORE

Condoms Controlling the Spread of Age

How to put on condomEncouraging the use of condoms has been an important part of the strategy. The government sponsors safe-sex ads on billboards, television and radio. Activist groups distribute condoms and make sure that people how to use them.

“We try to normalize the condom use in Cambodia by educating them through the CUP (100 percent Condom Use Program) campaign,” said Dan Borapich, a spokesman for Population Services International, the largest distributor of subsidized condoms in Cambodia. “You know, use a condom, and also increase the visibility of condoms through our distribution channel, like we try to make sure that condoms available at even supermarket, mini-market, stall, you know, pharmacy, everywhere.”

Despite these problems, Cambodia has become an example of how to fight the disease. AIDS experts say the lesson from Cambodia is that if the political will is there from the top, the disease can be contained, even in the poorest nations.

from VOAmerica



The Story of Cambodia in Stamps

Cambodia’s rich variety of stamps tell tales of war and peace, anticolonial struggle, international theft and forgery, safe sex, mammals-turned-fish and a good dose of cultural heritage.

December 2006 saw the launch of a series of HIV/AIDS-awareness stamps, prominently featuring PSI’s Number One condom.

Number 1 Condom stamp 300 real  Number 1 Condom stamp 500 real  Number 1 Condom stamp 2200 real

Cambodia and Bill Clinton to combat AIDS

Cambodia drums up multi-level efforts to combat AIDS

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Phnom Penh on Monday praised Cambodia as one of the most successful countries in dealing with the menace of AIDS, a heartfelt recognition of the kingdom’s long-term and multi-level efforts to combat the disease, whose infection rate has been brought down from 3.3 percent in 1997 to the current 1.9 percent.

“We have a hope that Cambodia can be a model for the rest of Asia and perhaps for the rest of the world (for fighting against AIDS),” said Clinton, after signing a memorandum of understanding with Prime Minister Hun Sen for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) to offer support to the Cambodian government to expand pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment in the kingdom.

Clinton’s well-wished remarks topped the kingdom’s recent string of activities to promote the anti-AIDS campaign.

While marking the World AIDS Day here on Friday, First Lady and Red Cross Chairwoman Bun Rany revealed that the kingdom was optimistic to hold its AIDS infection rate at 1.5 percent in 2015, as the campaign continued to bear fruits at various levels.

However, she noted that the current infection rate of AIDS in Cambodia was still considerably high in comparison with other regional countries, as the disease had formed its patterns of transmitting from husband to wife, from wife to child and from one drug user to another.

On the same occasion, officials from the National AIDS Authority told reporters that the disease had been expanding to the rural areas of Cambodia, mainly victimizing housewives and children.

Authority figures showed that five housewives contracted the disease from their spouses on an average day, five babies from their mothers on daily basis, while 100,000 Cambodians had died of it so far.

Fortunately, the government had responded actively to the threat, as 136 hospitals nationwide were enabled to provide AIDS test, 40 to provide anti-AIDS drugs and 16,379 people with AIDS had been medicated, the figures said.

In addition, on the eve of the World AIDS Day, the U.S. Embassy hosted a banquet for 200 Cambodian minors infected with AIDS, where Ambassador Joseph A. Mussomeli said that “the credit for this stunning achievement in reducing the prevalence rate can be attributed to the remarkable dedication, professionalism and cooperation of the Cambodian government, NGOs and the international donor community.”

As the most recent example of the cooperation of the so-called donor community, the Clinton Foundation promised in its MoU to provide affordable anti-AIDS medicine at 60 U.S. dollars one person each year, and equipment for the Cambodian government to establish AIDS laboratory.

The foundation has so far provided drugs to over 1,500 Cambodian children who suffered from HIV/AIDS.

On Saturday, the National AIDS Authority, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and local NGO health organization jointly launched the kingdom’s first ever set of anti-AIDS stamps, in order to enhance the public awareness of the fatal disease.

Philately Aids Condom Stamps in Cambodia
“The stamps with the logo of the Number One condom show us that we have joined hands actively to start the campaign to prevent AIDS from expanding. They will educate the people to defend and prevent the transmission of AIDS,” said So Khun, Minister of Post and Telecommunications.

Promotion of condoms on stamps could be a good way to safeguard people’s awareness of safe sex in Cambodia, where the protection is widely adopted at brothels and more than two million condoms were sold each year, local papers reported.

In a sense, Cambodia’s “steadfast and consistent commitment” to combating AIDS was well recognized and accepted.

“For the last several years you have made progress over reducing the infection rate here as it has gone up in most of the rest world,” said Clinton here on Monday.

However, he also pressed that “there remains challenges that require us to do more.”

According to official reports, there are currently about 20,000 children under the age of 15 living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia, out of a total of 123,000 Cambodians who are either infected with the virus, or have contracted the full-blown disease.

To make things better, Clinton’s visit raised more confidence for the Khmer people to fight against the epidemic.

“Your presence in Cambodia indeed provides a psychological effect that can prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS as well as prevent discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS,” said Hun Sen in the presence of Clinton.

Now if we could only get as much attention to the issues of global warming