Ending AIDS in Cambodia
Thirty-five years have passed since the first official report identifying the disease that is now known as AIDS was published in the United States. In that time, 35 million people have died worldwide from AIDS-related illnesses, including an estimated 115,000 in Cambodia. Despite the toll that the virus has taken here, Cambodia has emerged as a leader in the global efforts to overcome the AIDS epidemic. Today, as the world marks World AIDS Day, we celebrate Cambodia’s success and look forward to the day when this country ends AIDS as a public health threat.
By: Marie-Odile Emond
‘The last mile on the journey for the elimination of new HIV infections might actually be the most difficult. Despite the decline of external funding, Cambodia remains committed to and will achieve the elimination of new HIV infections by 2020.” This was the conclusion of a HIV health sector strategic planning consultation recently led by the National Center for AIDS, Dermatology and STI (NCHADS).
A better Cambodia for children
By: Rana Flowers
All children have one thing in common: their rights. The right to life, health, education, protection and play are all fundamental children’s rights that were acknowledged for the first time on a global scale 25 years ago, with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In this document, the world agreed to protect the rights of our children: the next generation of parents and leaders.
A basic need to help children
Alassane Sow and Rana Flowers
Did you know that in communities where a high proportion of people defecate outdoors, children are on average shorter than children living in communities where most people use toilets. New research in Cambodia conducted jointly by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE) shows that open defecation contributes significantly to stunting of children.
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