The US has launched a five-year project to support Cambodia’s fight against HIV/AIDS, according to the Cambodian News Agency AKP.

The 30 million USD initiative, part of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), will focus on individuals at high-risk of HIV infection with services aiming to prevent the spread of the disease and improve care and treatment of those infected by HIV, the agency quoted a press release from the US Embassy as saying.

The Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA) will lead a consortium of organisations at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Cambodia while PSI and FHI360, international NGOs known for their innovation in the global fight against AIDS, will join KHANA to help strengthen Cambodia’s national HIV/AIDS response and efficiency.

“The United States is Cambodia’s steadfast partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said US ambassador William E.Todd during a ceremony to announce the launch.

The US Government is Cambodia’s largest bilateral health donor, providing approximately 20 percent of all resources behind its national HIV/AIDS program.

Through PEPFAR, the US provides 15 million USD annually to assist Cambodia with providing HIV prevention, care, and treatment.-VNA