Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) – Phnom Penh
We were happy to welcome Dan Tagliere, the President of the board of CSC, to our members meeting to provide us with an update on the CASC program that New Day funded in 2009 and 2012. The CASC program was established in 2006 as a response to the lack of services and limited medical options for acid burn survivors. CASC tackled the issues involved, with the help of charity partners, in 4 main ways:
1)Surgical, Medical, and Psychological Treatment
2)Vocational Training & Social Reintegration
3)Legal Assistance and Advocacy
4)Awareness raising, research, education, and advocacy to diminish acid violence.
Their efforts have paid off! With the enactment of the Acid Law and Sub Decree in Cambodia in January of 2012, there has been an 83% decrease in acid attacks since 2010. There were 3 attacks in all of Cambodia in 2013. The survivors still need ongoing support but the prevention and advocacy work has minimized the number of future survivors.
To learn more about this successful program, you can see Dan’s presentation here: CASC Presentation Jan2014
Please also find a link to a Cambodia Daily feature on the changes at CASC, accomplishments, and a profile on Bunnarith one of their staff member (and an acid survivor) that ran recently in the paper: