April 12, 2013
In a ceremony on April 10, the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia announced the launch of a $30 million initiative that will support Cambodia's efforts to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the country. U.S. Ambassador William E. Todd called the United States "Cambodia's steadfast partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS" during the ceremony held in Siem Reap province. Part of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the five-year plan will focus on those at high risk of HIV infection by offering services targeted at preventing the spread of the disease and by improving the care and treatment of individuals already infected by the disease. The Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (Khana) will lead a consortium of other Cambodian organizations vested in the fight against HIV/AIDS; Khana will be joined by international nongovernmental organizations PSI and FHI360, known for their innovation in the global arena of HIV/AIDS response. A statement from the U.S. Embassy described the United States as "Cambodia's largest bilateral health donor," stating it provides approximately 20 percent of total resources for the nation's HIV/AIDS program. According to the country's National Institute of Public Health, Cambodia has 77,861 residents with HIV/AIDS, including 5,349 children. The country saw approximately 2,365 fatalities from the disease last year.