The Dr. Guislain Museum and Janssen Research & Development,
LLC named Sotheara Chhim, M.D., M.P.M., Ph.D., the 2017 recipient
of the Dr. Guislain "Breaking the Chains of Stigma" Award. The
award honors Dr. Chhim for his extraordinary efforts developing
mental health services in Cambodia through scientific therapeutic
approaches and launching the Operation Unchain initiative, a
program designed to break the stigma of mental illness.
Dr. Chhim is the executive director and senior consultant
psychiatrist of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO)
Cambodia, the country's leading Non-Government Organization (NGO)
in the field of mental health care and psychosocial support. Under
his leadership, TPO Cambodia has developed and implemented programs
to raise awareness about psychosocial and mental health conditions
in many parts of Cambodia. Dr. Chhim and TPO have also provided
mental health counselling, treatment, and specialized services for
prisoners, gender-based violence survivors and torture survivors.
To date, more than 220,000 patients and families have benefitted
from his and his team's work.