U.S. Grants Additional US$2 Million to Fight COVID-19 in Cambodia

The U.S. government is committing - through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) - an additional US$2 million of immediate assistance in Cambodia for risk communication, community engagement, and laboratory support.

The commitment is in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, and in partnership with Cambodian stakeholders, said the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh in a statement released this evening.

Since Cambodia reported in January the first case of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Cambodia team of medical and health professionals in Phnom Penh has worked closely with Cambodian health authorities, World Health Organisation (WHO) officials, and others to support efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to the novel coronavirus, it added.

The U.S. Embassy’s experts include representatives from the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USAID, the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU-2), and the U.S. Department of State, it pointed out.

According to the same source, the Embassy’s CDC and other health experts have also worked side by side with Cambodian Ministry of Health staff to respond immediately to detected coronavirus cases in Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, and Phnom Penh. They have also supported Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) and the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in COVID-19 testing. Further, NIH representatives, working here in Cambodia, have contributed to emerging global research on COVID-19.

"The United States has a longstanding partnership with the Cambodian people on public health, and specifically efforts to combat infectious diseases. This close collaboration will be sustained as we move forward together to address these latest challenges," it concluded.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press