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USAID and AusAID sign Memorandum of Collaboration to Improve Health in Cambodia

May 2, 2013
(State Dept. Photo)

USAID Mission Director Rebecca Black (left) and Australian Embassy Counselor for Development Cooperation Paul Keogh sign a Memorandum of Collaboration to support health in Cambodia.

(State Dept. Photo)

Rebecca Black (left) and Paul Keogh shake hands after the signing of a Memorandum of Collaboration between USAID and AusAID to support various health programs in Cambodia.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) on Thursday, May 2 signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) in support of reproductive, maternal and child health, nutrition, infectious disease and health systems strengthening programs in Cambodia. 

As two of Cambodia’s largest health donors, the MOC underlines the two agencies’ commitment to align their health sector development efforts to achieve maximum gains and results for Cambodians.

“Our health programs represent the majority of our investment in Cambodia,” said USAID Mission Director Rebecca Black.  “Coordinating with our fellow health development partners is critical and our agreement with AusAID will go a long way to making sure our health activities are coordinated, targeted, and bring measurable improvements in health for Cambodians.”

USAID and AusAID’s support to health improvement in Cambodia is closely coordinated with the goals and approaches set forth by the Royal Government of Cambodia in its Health Strategic Plan II, 2008-2015.  The two agencies also share mutual priorities in improving reproductive, maternal and child health, nutrition, and infectious diseases through a strengthened and well-governed health system, led and financed by the Royal Government of Cambodia. 

“Improving the health of the poorest Cambodians is a priority for Australian aid.  When international donors work closely together, our efforts can more effectively, more efficiently, and better support the Royal Government of Cambodia to achieve its goals for health,” said Paul Keogh, the Australian Embassy’s Counselor for Development Cooperation.  “By signing this MOC today, we are joining with USAID to support better health services in Cambodia and better health for Cambodians.”

The MOC signed today pledges the future cooperation of both donors and mutual agreement on the shared priorities of reproductive health, decentralization, social health protection, contraceptive commodity security, nutrition and human resource capacity building.