A $55.4 million campaign against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis was announced by the Cambodian government yesterday, marking the official launch of the anti-AIDS and anti-tuberculosis programme, in conjunction with the Economy Ministry and the Global Fund.
The announcement was presided over by Economy Minister Aun Porn Moniroth and Mark Edington, head of grant management at the Global Fund.
Mr Porn Moniroth said the Global Fund played a major role in contributing to Cambodia’s efforts in reducing the number of deaths from diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. He added the $55.4 million grant was a major step toward fighting deadly diseases.
“This grant has an allocated budget of $41 million to fight against HIV and an additional $13 million to fight tuberculosis,” Mr Porn Moniroth said.
“It will help us progress the ambitious vision of the Health Ministry’s Strategic Plan from 2018 to 2020,” he added.
“All Cambodians will have better health and welfare so they may contribute to sustainable economic and social development.”
The Economy Ministry said this was the first project Global Fund has agreed to accept. The launch of the initiative is aimed at improving the effectiveness of project implementation and strengthening capacity building in various ministries and institutions.
In December, the Economy Ministry and the Asia Foundation signed a grant agreement in order for the Global Fund to start implementing the programme in January, along with the Health Ministry as the main stakeholder.