December 1, 2014 is World AIDS Day! This year’s theme is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation.” The U.S. government helps Cambodia fight AIDS and eliminate new HIV infections by 2020.
From November 25th (International End Violence Against Women Day) through December 10th (International Human Rights Day), USAID joins the international community for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
Sambo the elephant, known as one of Phnom Penh’s most famous attractions, will retire to a protected forest in eastern Cambodia. USAID Cambodia’s Supporting Forests and Biodiversity project supported Sambo’s move back to her natural habitat.
Cambodia is transforming in remarkable ways. The country is at peace after decades of conflict, and a majority of Cambodians are optimistic about the future. However, important challenges remain. Parliamentary elections in 2008 were freer than any held in Cambodia. Yet political power remains unevenly spread, and opposition parties are disorganized, divided and subject to manipulation.
Cambodia has reduced HIV/AIDS infection by half and treated the majority of affected people. Yet maternal mortality remains high, infectious diseases are serious concerns and the health and education systems are underfunded. Each year, 250,000 young people enter the workforce, but not all find jobs. In each of these areas, U.S. assistance makes significant contributions to Cambodia's development.
Last updated: December 17, 2014