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U.S. launches flagship project to combat HIV/AIDS in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, April 10 (Xinhua) — The United States on Wednesday launched a five-year, 30 million U.S. dollars initiative to support Cambodia’s fight against HIV/AIDS, according to a media statement from the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh.

The HIV flagship project, part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, will focus on individuals at high- risk of HIV infection with services aiming to prevent the spread of the disease and improve care and treatment of those infected by HIV, the statement said.

The Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (Khana) will lead a consortium of organizations at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Cambodia, it said, adding that PSI and FHI360, international NGOs known for their innovation in the global fight against AIDS, will join Khana to help strengthen Cambodia’s national HIV/AIDS response and efficiency.

“The United States is Cambodia’s steadfast partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said U.S. Ambassador William E. Todd during a ceremony to announce the launch in Siem Reap province. “Our flagship HIV program is just one more step in our journey together towards ensuring an AIDS-free generation in this country.”

The U.S. government is Cambodia’s largest bilateral health donor, providing approximately 20 percent of all resources behind its national HIV/AIDS program, the statement said, adding that through project, the U.S. provides 15 million U.S. dollars annually to assist Cambodia with providing HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

According to Cambodia’s National institute of Public Health, currently, about 77,861 Cambodian people have contracted HIV/AIDS including 5,349 children.

The disease killed about 2,365 people last year, down 9 percent from 2,608 deaths in a year earlier.

 

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