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U.S. provides over $35 mln for health, education in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) — Cambodia on Tuesday signed up to receive 35.42 million U.S. dollars from the United States for health and education development, according to a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh.

The agreements were signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong and Flynn Fuller, mission director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), witnessed by the U.S. Charg d’Affaires Jeff Daigle.

Through the deal, the USAID will provide 32.48 million U.S. dollars in 2011 to support and strengthen Cambodian development priorities in health and education.

In addition to the amounts provided under these two bilateral agreements, the USAID will provide 2.94 million U.S. dollars through other programs, bringing the 2011 total of USAID assistance to Cambodia for health and education activities to 35. 42 million U.S. dollars, said the press release.

The funds will support a variety of ongoing activities to reduce the transmission and impact of HIV/AIDS; to prevent and control major infectious diseases such as tuberculosis; to improve maternal, reproductive, and children’s health; and to strengthen Cambodian public health systems and the government’s national health priorities.

On the education side, the funds will support ongoing education programs aimed at improving the quality and relevance of basic education and increasing access to schooling for all children, including minorities, people with disabilities, and the very poor.

Activities will also focus on reducing school dropout and repetition rates through improvements in teaching quality, school management training, and measuring student academic achievement, it added.

It said in addition to health and education activities, USAID supports a broad range of programs designed to benefit all Cambodians in areas such as human rights, rule of law, good governance and decentralization, natural resource management, economic growth, and combating trafficking in persons. 


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