UNAIDS and the National AIDS Authority will cooperate on an initiative to fast track measures to prevent or stop the spread of HIV in the capital and key provinces.
UNAIDS country director Vladanka Andreeva on Tuesday proposed the initiative, called Fast Track Cities, during a meeting with NAA chairman Ieng Mouly at the authority’s office.
An NAA statement said Ms Andreeva said she wanted the authority’s cooperation in implementing the initiative in the capital and Siem Reap, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces.
The initiative calls for MoUs to be drawn up on implementing measures to rapidly prevent the spread of HIV.
Ms Andreeva noted that on December 2, UNAIDS will hold a conference, with 300 participants from around the world, in the capital to discuss steps taken to fight HIV/AIDS globally and in the Kingdom.
She said participants will also identify challenges facing each country in providing responsive services to fight against AIDS and also funding for communities.
In response, the Mr Mouly agreed to cooperate actively with related institutions and partner organisations to introduce measures to prevent the spread of HIV.
He noted that NAA works with people with HIV/AIDS and cooperated with efforts by civil society organisations to tackle the disease.
Chhim Kin Dareth, NAA secretary-general, yesterday said that the conference on December 2 will discuss in detail steps being taken globally to eliminate HIV.
He added that NAA will also work with UNAIDS to put in place the fast track initiatives in the capital and three provinces which will be models for other provinces.
“We will discuss this ahead of the December 2 conference and we want the capital and three provinces to become models for the elimination of HIV infection,” Mr Kin Dareth said.
Meanwhile, Aids Healthcare Foundation Cambodia yesterday announced that it will jointly celebrate World AIDS Day on December 1 with the government at Koh Pich Exhibition Centre.
It said there will be free concerts, sports competitions and other activities, including a parade, and fashion shows and activities for the public.
Sikheneg Houy, AHF country programme manager, said that the World AIDS Day is a call for world leaders to continue participating in the fight against HIV because there are still many sufferers.
“In Cambodia, with the support of the government and partnerships with non-governmental organisations, civil society and relevant institutions, we are continuing to fully support the lives of people living with HIV,” she noted.