Cambodian Red Cross president Bun Rany yesterday urged members and all relevant institutions to keep up efforts to prevent the spread of HIV in the Kingdom, noting that HIV/AIDS infections are decreasing.
Her call came ahead of World AIDS Day to be celebrated on Sunday under the theme ‘Together, join as a national stream in preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS’.
Ms Rany said in a statement that the government is highly committed to achieving its target of ending HIV/AIDS in Cambodia by 2025.
She said that over the past 28 years, the government, along with national and international partners, civil society, the private sector, religious groups and the Cambodian Red Cross, has been stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.
Ms Rany said the efforts have resulted in the a drop in infections among people aged 15 to 49 years, noting that the rate decreased from 1.6 percent in 1998 to one percent in 2006 , 0.8 percent in 2010 and 0.5 percent in 2019.
“Despite Cambodia achieving great results and success, the situation still remains fragile because we can forget about HIV/AIDS, but it will never forget us,” she said. “If we neglect our efforts even for a little while, HIV/AIDS will spread rapidly and the rates will soar again.”
Ms Rany called on all stakeholders, development partners, civil society, the private sector and other supporters to strictly implement the National Comprehensive and Multidimensional Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS to fight the spread of the disease in the Kingdom.
A recent National AIDS Authority report said that Cambodia has reduced the number of new HIV infections from 2,300 people in 2010 to about 880 people this year.
It said that 99 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS have received antiretroviral drugs and care services, which has resulted in a decrease in HIV-related deaths each year.