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September 25, 2014

Cambodia, a country of just over 15 million people in Southeast Asia, has made great progress after 20 years of rebuilding from decades of civil war, enjoying steady economic growth rates over the recent decade and significant improvements in quality of life. Having once had the region’s highest HIV rate, Cambodia cut its prevalence rate in half from 1998 to 2010 and has made incredible advances in education and the fight to save infant and mothers’ lives.

Yet key challenges remain. Political constraints limit human rights and free and fair elections. One-fifth of the population lives below the poverty level. Rural livelihoods—dependent on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and other natural resources—are increasingly threatened by climate change. Maternal death rates remain high. While more than half of Cambodia’s population is under the age of 25, the health and education systems are underfunded.

Remarks by Sheri-Nouane Duncan-Jones, Director, Office of Public Health and Education, USAID Cambodia
July 17, 2014

Cambodia has made substantial progress towards achieving its Millennium Development Goals, including reaching the targets for Goals 4 and 5 years ahead of the target dates.  I would like to congratulate the Royal Government of Cambodia, in particular the Ministry of Health, for its leadership in these efforts. The deployment of midwives to all health facilities and the endorsement of the midwifery incentive scheme are recognized as driving forces behind this great success.

Remarks by Sheri-Nouane Duncan-Jones, Director, Office of Public Health and Education, USAID Cambodia
July 15, 2014

In Cambodia today, women are living longer, healthier lives than their mothers and their mothers before them.  As the nation’s health system and economic opportunities continue to improve, Cambodian women have better access to higher-quality health services and products for themselves and their families.  Giving birth is safer than it has ever been in Cambodia, for both mothers and their newborns.  Contraceptives and other health commodities are more readily available and affordable.  Deaths due to the most lethal diseases of the past – such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV – are declining each year.

Remarks by Rebecca Black, USAID Cambodia Mission Director, at the Celebration of the One Billion Neglected Tropical Diseases Tre
June 26, 2014

More than 1 billion people - one-sixth of the world's population - suffer from one or more neglected tropical diseases, also known as NTDs.  These diseases affect the world's most vulnerable populations - those who are poorest and have little or no means to protect themselves from illness.  Their impact on individuals and communities is devastating.  In addition to the over 500,000 people who die annually from the consequences of NTDs - millions suffer from chronic disability, pain, disfigurement, and social stigma that keeps them from living full, productive lives.

April 11, 2014

USAID/Cambodia’s Civil Society Annual Program Statement

Remarks by USAID Mission Director Rebecca Black  Health Project Close-Out Event: Reflections on Five Years of Achievements
December 20, 2013

At the time that USAID/Cambodia re-opened, the Royal Government of Cambodia re-established the Ministry of Health.  In over 20 years, USAID/Cambodia and the Ministry of Health have worked closely together to rebuild and revitalize the national health system.

USAID’s implementing partners has taken on much of the work collaborating with the government to build capacity in Cambodian hospitals, health centers, and communities.  Together they have trained and supported the health care workers who improve the lives of Cambodian mothers and children every day.

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