2013 Press Releases
United States Launches Flagship Project to Combat HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
Released on April 10, 2013
Today, U.S. Ambassador William E. Todd launched a five-year, $30 million initiative, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to support Cambodia’s fight against HIV/AIDS. The HIV Flagship Project, part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), 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 Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA) will lead a consortium of organizations at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Cambodia. 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 HIV Flagship Project will also focus on reducing Cambodia’s dependence on donor funding for the provision of health services.
“The United States is Cambodia’s steadfast partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Ambassador Todd during a ceremony to announce the launch. “Our Flagship HIV program is just one more step in our journey together towards ensuring an AIDS-free generation in this country,” he added.
The U.S. government is Cambodia’s largest bilateral health donor, providing approximately 20 percent of all resources behind its national HIV/AIDS program. Through PEPFAR, the United States provides $15 million annually to assist Cambodia with providing HIV prevention, care, and treatment. With U.S. government support, Cambodia since 1998 has reduced its HIV infection rates in half.