Official: Over Half a Million Cambodians to be AIDS Victims by 2010
September 30, 2002
More than half a million Cambodians will either have AIDS or have died of the disease by 2010 in what Tia Phalla, secretary-general of Cambodia's National AIDS Authority, described Sunday as the country's new "killing field." Since the discovery of Cambodia's first case in 1991, AIDS-related diseases have killed about 90,000 people out of a population of 12.5 million. Another 160,000 Cambodians are believed to have HIV. Tia Phalla made his comments ahead of Cambodia's second national AIDS conference, scheduled to begin Monday. About 1,000 people, including government ministers, provincial authorities and AIDS patients, will attend the three-day meeting. Tia Phalla said the goal was to get people such as village chiefs and provincial governors involved. Fewer than 500 AIDS patients receive free treatment from the government. Others must spend $30 to $50 a month on AIDS drugs in a country where 36 percent of the people live on less than $1 a day.Adapted from:
09.29.02; Ker Munthit
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