KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
Issued by Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Washington D.C.
June 2007 - Volume 18
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Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Cambodia;
Cambodia National Strategic Development Plan;
Public Confidence – Financial Development in Cambodia;
Foreign Assistance to Cambodia;
One Village One Product Policy;
Cambodian Troops Were Trained for UN Peacekeeping;
Free Aids Clinic in Cambodia;
Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Cambodia
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen met with visiting Mr.
Jeremy Carter, IMF’s representative to Asia-Pacific Region in Phnom Penh on
June 4, in which the talks focused on the development for Cambodia with IMF’s
assistance. Mr. Carter pledged that IMF will continue to help on budget
preparation for next year and providing technical assistance on budget and
finance to Cambodia.
The 2006-2007 economic performances in Cambodia were generally carried out
well, despite of some inflation due to the price rise in fish and oil, said a
delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Cambodia’s GDP grew by
an estimated 10.8 percent in 2006 and is expected to grow a further 9.1 percent
in 2007 and between 7.5 to 8 percent in 2008, according to a statement of the
IMF delegation at the press conference.
The delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from Washington spent
two-week high-level visit to Cambodia, the purpose of which was to monitor and
analyze the development and economy of Cambodia. The visit ended with a rosy
overall impression of the national economy, Mr. Carter told a press conference.
The delegation found that certain areas – namely the garment industry, tourism,
construction and the financial sector – continue to show impressive growth, he
The mission noted that the environment provides ideal conditions to re-energise
reforms in key areas where progress has been less rapid, and to address the key
constraints to broader poverty reduction. 'Prudent macroeconomic policy
implementation has provided stability, in turn boosting investors' and consumers'
confidence, and has underpinned very strong macroeconomic performance, the
IMF statement said.
Impressive rates of growth have been sustained, inflation remains low, external
debt is sustainable and headway is being made in a number of important
structural reforms. These factors had encouraged significantly increasing
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which augured well for the economy.
The IMF said it estimates real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to increase by
around nine-per-cent this year, fanned by increased agricultural production and
'robust growth' in the areas of tourism, garment export and construction.
'Services, in particular finance and telecommunications, are increasingly
contributing,' it added.
However the domestic growth in the key industries which form the narrow
pedestal of the country's economy - garments, construction, agriculture and
tourism - were also subject to fluctuation due to international trends and
environmental factors beyond the control of the government, it warned.
Mr. Carter also told journalists the IMF expected oil revenues to prove a positive.
These may begin trickling into the economy as early as 2009 when drilling begins
on promising offshore oil and natural gas fields.
In the meantime, the IMF delegation met with Senior Minister Keat Chhon, of
Economy and Finance, during which the estimate of economic growth of
Cambodia was presented and a number of recommendations to the government
were made, including enforcement of measure on tax collection, handling oil
revenue with regard to taxation.
Cambodia had made significant progress in reducing poverty in the past
decade, said Nisha Agrawal, country manager of World Bank.
The manager said this in his address delivered in the conference to launch the
Cambodia Equity Report 2007 entitled “Sharing Growth”, held in Phnom Penh on
June 12 in the presence of Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen.
The conference was organized jointly by the royal government of Cambodia and
the World Bank.
“The proportion of the population living below the national poverty line had fallen
from an estimated 47 percent in 1994 to 35 percent a decade later” she said.
“The poverty had fallen in the countryside as well as in the towns, though
progress had been more rapid in urban areas.” “This improvement in the lives of
poor people was also reflected in many other indicators of welfare: for example,
schooling and health care had also improved significantly,” she said.
Cambodia National Strategic Development Plan
The first meeting of the Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum (CDCF) was held in
Phnom Penh 19-20 June 2007. The CDCF, which replaced the Consultative Group format
that was co-chaired by the World Bank, was established to complement the introduction
of the NSDP. The CDCF is intended to characterize the shift toward more complete
Government leadership of the national development agenda while maintaining and
strengthening partnerships with the international community and civil society. The CDCF
provided an opportunity for high-level dialogue between the Government and its
development partners, with the focus for this first meeting placed on assessing progress in
implementing the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP).
Welcoming international development partners, civil society representatives and
Government Senior Officials to the meeting, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen delivered
a keynote address reflected that the first CDCF was indicative of “the gradual and
steadfast strengthening of Cambodia’s capacity, responsibility and ownership of its own
The Prime Minister then focused his address on the need to sustain and accelerate
progress by moving forward with Government’s programs of reforms. Reflecting on
progress made in recent years, the challenges that lay ahead, and taking the opportunity to
directly address the concerns of development partners, the Prime Minister assured
delegates that “we fully agree with our development partners that the Anti-Corruption
Law is a sine qua non for effectively combating corruption and the Royal Government is
strongly committed to finalizing this draft law as soon as possible”. The Prime Minister
emphasized Government’s commitment to promoting equitable management of natural
resources and he informed delegates that “agriculture and rural sectors are a top priority.”
Reminding delegates of the social and economic importance of agriculture and natural
resources, the Royal Government reported progress in establishing a legal and policy
framework that will guide the strategic use of natural resources, safeguarding the
livelihoods and jobs of millions of people. With regard to forest management,
Government reaffirmed its commitment to stopping the destruction of the forest and
referred to the recent suspension of concessions, the revocation of illegally occupied
forest lands, and the claming down on illegal forest activities. Government
representatives also emphasized that access to the forest by local communities would be
assured by the relevant provisions of the Forestry Law.
Government and development partners agreed that “achieving a balance between
economic development and broader access to these resources is a difficult and
challenging task”. Echoing the Government view communicated in its statements on
agriculture, land management, water resources and fisheries, development partners urged
Government to increase the focus on these issues, and committed their support to the
current reform agenda and to working closely with Government.
In their discussion of human development issues, delegates welcomed the Cambodia
Demographic and Health Survey findings that showed reductions in infant and child
mortality rates. There was also a marked improvement in the provisions of antenatal care
and birth attendance, as well as in HIV prevalence but the lack of progress in reducing
maternal mortality demonstrates that much more needs to be done. The Royal
Government stated that “maternal and child death is not only a tragedy for the individual,
the family and the community, but for the whole society”. The recent launch of the
National Reproductive and Sexual Heath Strategy will now form the basis for a combined
Government, development partners and NGO response. Dialogue between Government
and development partners also resulted in agreement on progress that is required to
maintain the effort to address HIV prevalence and the need to provide care and treatment,
to increase activities in the rural water and sanitation sector, to implement measures in
the education sector to decrease drop out and repetition rates, especially among the
disadvantaged children, and to consolidate progress in introducing gender into the policy
deliberation of all Government ministries and departments.
Participants turned their attention on the second day of the meeting to the financing of the
NSDP, measures that could promote the impact of development assistance, and to
identifying a set of joint indicators that could be used to inform a mutual assessment of
progress. Strategic institutional and policy reforms for 2007 were included in a new set of
twenty Joint Monitoring Indicators (JMIs) that were endorsed by the meeting. These
indicators relate to the full range of actions that are required to support the
implementation of the NSDP, including a new indicator on rural water and sanitation, and
include legal and judicial reforms, public financial management, governance, health and
education, and support to the development of national infrastructure.
The consensus of the meeting was that first year of the NSDP’s implementation had show
encouraging signs of progress, which sustained levels of economic growth and emerging
evidence to show that social indicators continue to improve. The picture is not
unambiguously positive, however, and the meeting identified the need to work much
harder on reducing maternal mortality and school drop-out rates.
Delegates welcomed the review of progress in the implementation of the NSDP, in
particular the impressive macroeconomic performance recorded in recent years that had
been sustained throughout 2006. The broadly positive perspective with regard to
macroeconomic management required that prudent policies be put in place to safeguard
the gains that had been made.
Looking ahead it was important for both Government and development partners work
more effectively together to consolidate and replicate progress in the social sectors, to
accelerate core reforms within Government and to strengthen governance mechanisms.
Emphasising the close link between the medium-term sustainable financing of the NSDP
and the role of the international community, the chair announced that development
partners were no longer asked to ‘pledge’ funds. Instead they were asked to provide their
best estimates of likely resource availability over a three-year time-frame. Development
partners then made statements of supports that also communicated their expectation that
reform programs would be accelerated. Noting these statements, the chair announced that
combined support for 2007 was estimated to be 689 million Dollars. This number
includes, for the first time, data from China. In 2008 and 2009 support was expected to be
maintained at similar levels.
The Forum tentatively agreed that its second CDCF meeting will be held in Phnom Penh
in December 2008.
Multi-Year Indicative Funding Framework 2007-2009
Development 2007 2008 2009 2007-2009
United Nations Agencies
FAO 773,981 746,765 601,837 2,122,583
IFAD 4,560,000 4,560,000 4,560,000 13,680,000
ILO 857,000 857,000 857,000 2,571,000
UNAIDS 844,000 800,000 400,000 2,044,000
UNDP 7,567,101 6,273,815 6,280,401 20,121,317
UNESCO 1,415,000 1,686,500 1,686,500 4,788,000
UNFPA 4,042,640 4,598,120 3,251,032 11,891,792
UNICEF 13,074,000 12,774,000 12,424,000 38,272,000
UNODC 264,742 331,700 306,000 902,442
WFP 26,638,071 23,081,006 23,081,006 72,800,083
WHO 4,800,000 4,000,000 2,400,000 11,200,000
Total 64,836,535 59,708,906 55,847,776 180,393,217
International Financial Institutions
World Bank 62,600,000 86,700,000 66,100,000 215,400,000
ADB 74,780,000 57,000,000 64,200,000 195,980,000
Global Fund 0
Sub-Total 137,380,000 143,700,000 130,300,000 411,380,000
EC 50,497,669 35,208,942 37,735,618 123,442,229
Belgium 6,505,000 3,785,910 2,038,667 12,329,577
Denmark 13,620,284 17,361,527 16,863,749 47,845,560
Finland 3,345,969 2,950,668 1,791,477 8,088,114
France 25,124,506 36,232,009 29,311,428 90,667,943
Germany 21,759,225 19,319,850 18,994,600 60,073,675
Spain 4,955,873 7,025,400 9,497,300 21,478,573
Sweden 19,740,976 23,792,396 3,740,254 47,273,626
UK 24,701,637 28,506,333 30,399,000 83,606,970
Sub-Total 170,251,139 174,183,035 150,372,093 494,806,267
Other Development Partners
Australia 37,596,896 41,937,983 41,937,982 121,472,861
Canada 11,700,593 16,395,248 16,369,803 44,465,644
China 91,542,606 105,093,499 39,140,000 235,776,105
Japan 112,290,000 0 0 112,290,000
New Zealand 2,477,571 2,728,349 2,851,378 8,057,298
Republic of 12,308,600 38,720,333 38,733,333 89,762,266
USA 48,826,000 0 0 48,826,000
Sub-Total 316,742,266 204,875,412 139,032,496 660,650,174
TOTAL 689,209,940 582,467,353 475,552,365 1,747,229,658
Public Confidence - Financial Development in Cambodia
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen presided over the
Symposium on Royal Government of Cambodia-ADB Partnership towards
an Integrated and Sound Financial System held in Phnom Penh on June 7,
The Prime Minister told the symposium that particular attention has to be
paid to the means of strengthening of public confidence, an essential
element for fostering the role of banks in the economy. "To this end, the
concerned authorities need to create an environment conducive to activity
of a sound banking sector, and develop a strong and well functioning
infrastructure for banking activities as well as for fair and competitive
Meanwhile, he said, developing a national payment system is one of the
key priorities in the kingdom's Financial Sector Development Strategy in
2006-2015. "Without an efficient and wide-reaching national payment
system, the financial sector will not be able to provide effective
intermediation, or offer its services throughout the economy," the Prime
The enactment of the Law on Negotiable Instruments and Payment
Transactions is a necessary first step that gives the National Bank of
Cambodia (NBC) clear authority over the payment system and to make
improvements, he said. The design of the payment system should ensure
that the needs of individual consumers as well as corporations in the real
sector will be adequately accommodated, he added.
In addition, he said, given Cambodia's current economic structure, it is very
important to focus on the role of micro-finance and entrepreneurship in
poverty alleviation and economic development. To address the financing
needs of small farmers, he said, the competent authorities need to be
opened to innovative ideas, encourage banks to lend to MFIs using proper
micro-finance methodologies, but at the same time Cambodia needs to
also set in place certain parameters to ensure that risks associated with
agriculture financing are properly managed.
During his speech, the Prime Minister also stressed the importance of the
introduction of financial market which can help to mobilize the Cambodian
people's saving and channel them into long-term investments in social,
economic and infrastructure projects. A good start for a financial market
would be the government bonds, which are very crucial for the
development of money and inter-bank market.
Additionally, he highlighted the importance of the insurance sector, saying
that "with increased per capita income there is also great potential to
develop the insurance market and the supervisory and regulatory
framework should be enhanced, while skills and experiences on risk
management need to be upgraded."
He also outlined the establishment of financial institutions and legal
framework as well as capacity building and development as supporting
factors for the financial sector.
Cambodia's economy enjoyed double-digit growth rate in the last decade
and urgency has been shown for development in the financial sector. The
kingdom now still lacks stock and futures market.
Cambodia will establish a limited stock market in 2009, Prime Minister Hun
Sen said on Thursday June 07, adding that this would encourage long-
term investments by the public. The Cambodian government is currently
finalizing draft legislation on corporate bonds, which aims to establish a
capital market in this country in 2009.
Cambodian finance sector is expanding, with new bank loans and deposits
increasing by around 40 percent, setting the stage for further development,
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said earlier this week.
In April, Cambodia was assigned its first-ever sovereign debt rating by the
credit rating agency Standard and Poor's, which said the country's outlook
Foreign Assistance to Cambodia
Three new concrete bridges was officially put into functions during an
inauguration ceremony held in Takeo province on June 4, 2007 presided over by
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen and Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia
H.E. Katsuhiro Shinohara. Two bridges were built on National Road No.2 in Kandal
province and another on National Road No.3 in Takeo province totaling 275 meter long
at the costs of 766,800,000 Yen from the grant aid of Japanese Government.
The Prime Minister said that the construction of roads and bridges infrastructure was one
of the Royal Government’s eight priorities which are being implemented. Mr. Katsuhiro
Shinohara, Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia said that the above-mentioned bridges
along National Road No. 2 and 3 will fulfill the strategic role in accelerating the
economic growth between Phnom Penh Municipality and Sihanouk Ville.
The Government of the Republic of Korea has provided 300 school buildings
worth more than five million US dollars as a donation to Cambodia through Booyoung
Co Ltd of South Korea. Booyoung Co. Ltd played an important role as a civil diplomat of
Asian countries by offering writing boards to primary educations, valued at 15 million
US dollars, in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said the company president, hoping through
the offering of 300 school buildings the ties of friendship between Korea and Cambodia
would be promoted and the Republic of Korea still continues assisting the country.
An agreement on the construction of the school buildings was signed in a signing
ceremony on June 8 at the council of Ministers in Phnom Penh Each of buildings was
equipped with classrooms, toilets, schooling furniture and writing boards.
The World Bank will grant $33.5 million for improving power supplies in
Cambodia and Laos. The grants are part of the World Bank's Greater Mekong Sub-region
Power Trade Program that links Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in the project.
The Bank says the strategy aims to strengthen regional cooperation and integration so the
region can benefit from the development of Southeast Asia's natural resources and
rapidly growing economies. It says a grant of nearly $US20 million to the Cambodia will
be used to construct cross-border transmission lines to neighboring Laos and Vietnam.
Another $15 million grant to Laos will support the construction of lines to export power
to Cambodia and build a transmission system that links Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.
The government of Germany has provided 8 million US dollars’ worth of grant
aid to improve the electricity in Kampot and Takeo provinces. An agreement of the grant
aid was signed in Phnom Penh on June 21. The grant is used for constructing a 250-km
long medium-voltage distribution system emanating from a main transmission line lining
the two areas, and will add 13 km to the planned high-voltage transmission line.
Electricity poles are being erected along National Road 2 and National Road 6 and work
is at an advanced stage on an extended rural network which will bring down electricity
prices in the targeted areas.
One Village One Product Policy
Addressing the National Conference on One Village, One Product (OVOP)
policy, held in Phnom Penh on June 05, 2007, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen
called on each local community to mobilize and use its potential resources to
promote specialization in carrying out the OVOP. "We should focus our attention
on promoting local productions by maintaining the quality and quantity of the
products to timely response to the market," he said.
By doing so, Cambodia can strengthen the competitiveness of the local products,
and the overspending on imports can be gradually reduced through promoting
import substitution. Under this framework, the government will continue to push
the OVOP movement to foster innovative ideas and self-confidence of rural
people based on four important principles, the Prime Minister said.
The principles are to "find the production method that is suitable to the village's
conditions and meet the market demand; enable and encourage people to
produce by improving market access, providing credit, transferring technology
and supplying seeds; build management capacity and human resources; and
enable the people to establish agricultural community to ensure price stability of
the product," he added.
The concept of “One Village, One Product” plays an important role in
promoting the rural economic growth, improving the livelihood of the people and
contributing to poverty reduction. It encourages the production of good quality
products that are needed by both the domestic and foreign markets and well
linked to the tourism sector which is growing gradually every year. As the result,
we can strengthen and expand more professions and create more jobs, reduce
urban migrations and increase the value-added products due to high quality
The concept “One Village, One Product” is currently put into practice in many
countries around the world such as Thailand, Philippines, China, Korea, Malaysia
and some other countries in Africa and America. In Cambodia, the concept of
“One Village, One Product” has been initiated for a very long time ago when
Cambodian people creatively produced various kinds of products according to
the traditions and regions by using the available inputs and resources at the
village in order to increase their family’s income. Those products included
baskets, pottery, silk, and food etc. Some provinces, for instance Kampong
Chhnang, was named after the name of its specialized product “Pottery”.
Indeed, the development of Local Production Community is certainly not an easy
task, because the local community still lack the resources such human capital,
natural resources, financial resources and innovative ideas. The main task here
is to mobilize and use the potential resources at each place to promote
Cambodian Troops Were Trained for UN Peacekeeping
Royal Cambodian armed forces troops march during the Cambodia Peace Support Operation
(in Udong June 15, 2007) and practice riot drills using U.N. peacekeeping tactics, techniques
and procedures. The operation, which includes an unexploded ordnance clearance course, is
sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command with the support of the U.S. Department of State
Ninety-nine members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and eight
U.S. military personnel are participating in the 2 weeks program named
Cambodia Peace Support Operations (PSO) 2007, at the Training and Mine
Unexploded Ordnance Clearance Center (TMCC), the proposed site for
Cambodia's future peacekeeping training center.
The training program will enable RCAF instructors and participants to gain UN
"Training Recognition", allowing them to conduct possible peacekeeping
missions worldwide under the Global Peace Operation Initiative (GPOI), a five-
year peace operation capacity building program managed by the U.S. Department
of State to address gaps in international peace support operations. Having
already sent military deminers on a United Nations mission to Sudan, Cambodia
is likely to expand its role as a global peacekeeper.
The Cambodian troops drilled in various scenarios, manning mock checkpoints
and conducting patrols during which they were ambushed, set upon by angry
mobs and attacked with bomb-laden vehicles. The Cambodians have been
training in basic peacekeeping tactics such as conducting patrols or convoy
security, aid distribution and search operations, said Lieutenant Colonel Timothy
Dunne of the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). The GPOI is a five-year
peace operations training program managed by the US State Department.
"They're learning the peacekeeping skills everybody needs, and the biggest one is
security," Dunne said. "These soldiers have done a really good job. They've risen
to the standard," he added.
The peacekeeping training is based on UN guidelines and procedures and
incorporates what every peacekeeper needs to know about UN peacekeeping
tactics, techniques, and procedures.
There are over 215 UN Peacekeeping tasks. Of these, 33 of the most common
tasks were selected through coordination with the UN's Department of
Peacekeeping and incorporated into six "lanes" or situations: checkpoint
operations, patrolling, humanitarian aid distribution, guarding fixed sites, convoy
operations, and cordon and search. Each lane has a primary task objective and
several sub tasks and is designed to improve speed of response, mission
effectiveness, interoperability, and unity of effort.
The exercise is sponsored by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and the U.S.
Pacific Command with the support of the U.S. Department of State.
Master Sergeant Robert Rimdert, a U.S. soldier serving under the United Nations Transitional
Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), watches Royal Cambodian armed forces soldiers during the
Cambodia Peace Support Operation 2007 in Udong June 15, 2007. The operation, which
includes an unexploded ordnance clearance course, is sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command
with the support of the U.S. Department of State.
Free Aids Clinic in Cambodia
Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) the largest AIDS organization in
the United States, which operates free AIDS treatment clinics in the
US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, and Asia, has announced on June 02,
2007 the opening of its newest free AIDS treatment clinic a clinic facility in the
Koh Thum District, in Kandal Province, Cambodia.
"We are deeply honored to announce the opening of this newest free
antiretroviral clinic in Cambodia in Koh Thum District in Kandal Province, one of
five AIDS treatment clinics now operating in the country in our partnership with
the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Cambodia and the National Center
for HIV/AIDS (NCHADS), Dermatology and STI," said Dr. Chinkholal Thangsing,
Asia Pacific Bureau Chief for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "Over the next five
years, AIDS Healthcare Foundation with NCHADS will expand and increase our
collaborative initiatives to provide technical support and strengthen the
antiretroviral treatment roll out and scale up of ART delivery services in
Cambodia via designated facilities in at least twelve sites in at least twelve
provinces as well as in Phnom Penh. We will also work closely together to
support the Royal Government of Cambodia's overall HIV/AIDS ART treatment
initiatives. It is our sincere hope that this collaboration between AHF and
NCHADS will improve access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment throughout
"The antiretroviral treatment clinic in Koh Thum being dedicated Saturday in this
partnership was first established in November 2005 by NCHADS, and is located
in the compound of the Koh Thum Referral Hospital, Koh Thum Operational
District in Kandal Province," said Dr. Chhim Sarath, AIDS Healthcare
Foundation's Country Program Manager for Cambodia. "The ART clinic is
operating in a new building provided by NCHADS, and since November 2005
until now, 172 people living with HIV/AIDS have registered at the clinic. Among
them, 84 have already started on antiretroviral treatment, and we are both
honored and humbled to partner with NCHADS and the Ministry of Health, Royal
Government of Cambodia to help bring ART to many more Cambodians who
may be in need of access to such lifesaving care and treatment."
The partnerships were first formalized in March 2006 in a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) between AHF and the Cambodian Ministry of Health, and
in a letter of agreement (LOA) with AHF, the Ministry of Health, and the National
Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STI Control. Through these partnerships,
AHF, the Cambodian Ministry of Health and NCHADS plan to work together on
ART scale up in several Cambodian Provinces -- now including Kandal Province
-- with the goal of bringing 3,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia into
treatment over the next five years. In mid-January of this year, a new clinic in the
partnership was also opened and dedicated in Stung Streng Province.
One key aspect contributing to the success of AHF's work with its partners in
Cambodia includes the linkage of clinic services provided together with other
community and home-based services. In addition, the Cambodian partnership
focuses on integrating the delivery of services under a Continuum of Care (CoC)
approach, an approach that recognizes the complexities surrounding the
HIV/AIDS epidemic in order to improve prevention efforts and optimize use of the
oftentimes limited resources available in the successful care and treatment of
those living with the disease.
The objectives of this latest collaboration in Kandal is similar to the partnerships'
other projects in Kampong Thom, Kampot and Stung Streng Provinces as well as
in the capital of Phnom Penh, and are as enumerated as below:
Capacity and skill building of the doctors and healthcare providers in
collaboration with NCHADS.
Establishment of an ART Clinic and provision of free ART to PLHAs
including treatment of both adults and children.
This growing collaboration between AHF and our esteemed Cambodian partners
includes the delivery of innovative medical and non-medical interventions;
providing technical support and training resources to increase and strengthen the
diagnostic and treatment capacity and skills of HIV/AIDS and ART treatment
services providers in Cambodia
"The Royal Government of Cambodia has undertaken significant efforts to treat
its people living with HIV/AIDS and to try to arrest and eliminate the epidemic,
and we salute them for a pragmatic and visionary approach to fighting the
disease," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
"This partnership brings together many respected stakeholders with expertise
and clinical, public health and management skills that are essential for any
successful HIV treatment program, and it is a privilege for AIDS Healthcare
Foundation to partner with the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of
Cambodia and NCHADS to support the scale up of HIV/AIDS treatment in
Cambodia through this initiative."
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) opened the sixth such free
AIDS treatment centers in Cambodia on June 7, in Romeas Haek, Svay
Rieng Province, with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony. The six
clinics have resulted from a partnership between AIDS Healthcare
Foundation (AHF) and the Royal Government of Cambodia and
Cambodia's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STI
Control (NCHADS). The partnership aims to provide life-saving anti-
retroviral therapy (ART) to people living with HIV/AIDS in care centers
in the Operational Districts (OD) of several provinces in Cambodia;
other ARTC center locations include in Phnom Penh and in the
Provinces of Kandal, Kampong Thom, Kampot and Stung Treng.