Rebecca Black, Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and H.E. Dr. Mok Mareth, Senior Minister and Chair of Cambodia’s National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development in Cambodia, outlining specific areas for cooperation in the agriculture and forestry sectors and strengthening support for a greenhouse gas inventory, climate change capacity building, international coordination for green growth, and integrating climate change adaptation into green growth strategies.
On May 2, 2013, Rob Bertram Ph.D., Director of the Office of Agricultural Research and Policy of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), conducted a seminar on the topic of “Scaling New Agricultural Technologies: An overview of current research on emerging/promising agricultural technologies” in Phnom Penh.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) on Thursday, May 2 signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) in support of reproductive, maternal and child health, nutrition, infectious disease and health systems strengthening programs in Cambodia.
I arrived in Cambodia just recently but I have already been impressed with the progress in health. I want to congratulate you especially, Your Excellency Dr. Mam Bunheng, for your achievement. From the highest level of government down to community organizations, Cambodia has come together impressively to improve health, including HIV/AIDS. It is now possible to envision the next generation as AIDS free.
I am proud to be with you today to showcase the U.S. Government’s commitment to Cambodia’s HIV response. Our efforts will be successful only if we work together as a team – by bringing our unique strengths to the table. It’s such a team that I am honored to have joined in Cambodia. Since the inception of its HIV/AIDS program in 1986, USAID has been on the forefront of the global AIDS crisis, investing more than $7 billion to fight the pandemic. Today, with more than 33 million people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, USAID is a key partner in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest and most diverse HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment initiative in the world.
Despite significant progress towards tuberculosis control in the past decade, this disease continues to be a major challenge to the health of communities around the world. In 2011- the latest year for which estimates are available - there were 8.7 million new cases of TB and 1.4 million people died as a result of their illness. In Cambodia alone, 61,000 people are estimated to suffer from TB each year. 9,000 of those will die annually.
The good news is that Cambodia has shown the world what can be achieved when countries apply a concerted and relentless effort to fight disease. This effort brought Cambodia a 45% decrease in prevalence of TB between the 2002 and 2011. That is astonishing! I would like to congratulate the Royal Government of Cambodia and all of you on this great achievement and for your contributions to global tuberculosis control.
Last updated: July 17, 2014