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Cambodia

More Help Sought, as Cambodia Joins Major AIDS Conference in Washington

Cambodia has pulled its HIV/AIDS prevalence rate down to 0.8 percent and provided treatment to more than 46,000 patients so far.

More than 20,000 health officials and activists from around the world have been meeting in Washington for an international HIV and AIDS conference.More than 20,000 health officials and activists from around the world have been meeting in Washington for an international HIV and AIDS conference.
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More than 20,000 health officials and activists from around the world have been meeting in Washington for an international HIV and AIDS conference.
More than 20,000 health officials and activists from around the world have been meeting in Washington for an international HIV and AIDS conference.
VOA Khmer
WASHINGTON DC - More than 20,000 health officials and activists from around the world have been meeting in Washington for an international HIV and AIDS conference, including Cambodian officials who want to share their experience fighting the disease.

Mean Chhivun, chairman of Cambodia’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, said Cambodia still needs to provide better access to treatment and prevention services, while people need to advise their sexual partners of their activities and encourage blood tests.

“These are the two main points,” he told VOA Khmer. “We have to do more.”

Cambodia has pulled its HIV/AIDS prevalence rate down to 0.8 percent and provided treatment to more than 46,000 patients so far. But problems remain for it and many other countries in finding help for victims of the disease.

Cambodia Looks to Stop HIV/AIDS Mother-to-Child Transmission (Cambodia news in Khmer)i
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27 July 2012
Cambodia has shared its success in reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS with more than 20,000 delegates from all over the world at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC this week. Activists and experts have gathered for the nineteenth time to discuss ways to end the global epidemic. The head of Cambodia's delegation, Dr. Sim Kimsen, told VOA that the country has pulled its national infection rate down to 0.8 percent and created several strategies to combat HIV/AIDS in the years to come. The country hopes to end mother-to-child transmission by 2015 and improve quality preventive care and treatment .

“Shame and stigma prevent them from getting help, from getting treatment, from protecting themselves in the first place,” singer Elton John, a key speaker, told the conference on Monday. “I felt that shame before. It almost killed me. It’s killing people all around the world right now. We have to stop it. We have to replace shame with love. We have to replace stigma with compassion. No one should be left behind.”

The US has pledged $150 million to support poor nations in their fight against HIV/AIDS amid concern that funding will be decreasing in today’s economic climate.

Mean Chhivun said that if Cambodia is to continue to receive funding, it must continue to find new approaches.

“If we keep doing the same thing, I think that donors will not support us,” he said. “But if we know the real infection situation and have a strategy to prevent it, donors will still support us.”  

Cambodia has now set its sights on stopping transmission from mother to child, halting new infections and putting in place more treatments as preventative measures.
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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