The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has offered an additional $2 million in aid to Cambodia for risk communication, community engagement, and laboratory support in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
In a post on its official page, the US embassy said its team of health professionals in Phnom Penh has worked closely with Cambodian health authorities, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) officials and other relevant authorities, to support efforts for the prevention and detection of the coronavirus.
The US embassy’s health experts include representatives from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USAID, the US Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU-2) and the US State Department.
The said experts have been working side by side with the Cambodian Health Ministry for the immediate response to detected coronavirus cases in the capital and the provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Siem Reap and Kampong Cham.
They have also supported the Pasteur Institute and the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh in conducting COVID-19 tests. In addition, NIH representatives in Cambodia have contributed to emerging global research on the virus.
The embassy said these efforts reflect the US’ long-standing partnership with the Cambodian people on public health, particularly efforts to combat infectious diseases. The collaborations are expected to be sustained as both nations work together to addressing the health crisis.