Sunday, 6 September 2009

US to Provide US$34.8 Million for Health and Education

Written by dap-news
Saturday, 05 September 2009

The US and Cambodia will sign amendments to two bilateral agreements on September 8 that will provide US$34.8 million in 2009 funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to support Cambodian priorities in health and education, according to a Friday press statement of the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.

It added that US Ambassador to Cambodia Carol A. Rodley will attend the ceremony and sign as a witness at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Tuesday next week. Hor Namhong, deputy prime minister and minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and USAID Mission Director Flynn Fuller will sign on behalf of their respective governments. The new funding brings the total that the US has provided in support of health and education in Cambodia to over US$250 million since 1999. “The amendment to the first agreement consists of US$31.6 million in grant funds to achieve health objectives,” it added. “Funds will be used to promote a variety of activities to reduce the transmission and impact of HIV/AIDS; to prevent and control major infectious diseases such as tuberculosis; to fight avian influenza and other influenza-like illnesses; to improve maternal, reproductive, and children’s health; and to strengthen Cambodian public-health systems.”

The amendment to the second agreement will provide US$3.2 million in grant funds to support the Cambodian Government’s education objectives. These funds will support the launch of a new program that will build on USAID’s ongoing education program, which is improving the quality and relevance of basic education and increasing access to schooling for all children, including minorities, people with disabilities, and the very poor. Activities will also focus on reducing school dropout and repetition rates through improv-ements in teaching quality, school-management training, and measuring student academic achieve ment.

In addition to health and education activities, USAID supports a broad range of programs designed to benefit all Cambodians in areas such as human rights, rule of law, local governance and decentralization, anti-corruption, natural-resource management, economic growth, and combating trafficking in persons. USAID expects to commit US$61.8 million in assistance to Cambodia in 2009.

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