U.S. CDC Marks 20 Years of Presence in Cambodia
AKP Phnom Penh, September 22, 2022 --
U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has celebrated the 20th anniversary of the official launch of its cooperation with the Ministry of Health and presence in Cambodia.
The celebration took place here yesterday under the presidency of U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy with U.S. CDC’s staff and key health partners, including the Ministry of Health in attendance.
“The partnership between U.S. CDC and the Cambodian Ministry of Health has been a model of excellence, establishing and addressing joint health priorities, sharing information and data, and promoting transparency and accountability,” H.E. Ambassador said. “The partnership has built a strong foundation for resilient public health systems and is a key asset for our bilateral relationship.”
In a special message, U.S. CDC Director Ms. Rochelle Walensky also acknowledged the importance of the relationship. “The 20th anniversary of CDC Cambodia is a proud achievement in our long history of health collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other country partners. In an era where partnership is more essential than ever, CDC Cambodia exemplifies our joint commitment in protecting the public’s health. We are grateful for our partnership and friendship,” she said.
According to a press release of the U.S. Embassy, for two decades, U.S. CDC Cambodia has worked with local and international partners to address public health challenges, including the fight against HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases. During the pandemic, U.S. CDC Cambodia was instrumental in providing guidance and training to public health responders working on the COVID-19 response and supported the MOH Emergency Operations Centre.
U.S. CDC Cambodia’s work illustrates the United States’ enduring commitment to championing global public health, addressing difficult health challenges together, and saving lives, it underlined.
By Phal Sophanith