COVID-19 Driven Uncertainty for Prevention Could Pose Risk of HIV/AIDS Infection

AKP Phnom Penh, Uncertainty in provision of assistance to AIDS prevention caused by COVID-19 crisis could increase new HIV/AIDS infection cases in Cambodia.

The note was underlined by Senior Minister H.E. Ieng Mouly, President of National AIDS Authority when presiding over the opening of a review workshop by the Global Fund in Cambodia recently.

The virtual workshop was attended by Mrs. Dr. Vladanka Andreeva, UNAIDS Country Director to Cambodia, Mr. Ian Ramage, Angkor Research’s Country Director, competent government officials, as well as representatives from development partners, civil society organisations and HIV/AIDS affected people.

H.E. Ieng Mouly emphasised that the fight against HIV/AIDS is getting more complicated due to the emerging COVID-19 threat affecting global and national health and economy, and it could hinder the 20-year progress of HIV/AIDS combat in Cambodia.

The crisis troubled people, including those who are living with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, so any interventions to support them are being so challenged, he added.

The president took the opportunity to encourage the team to work hard to overcome the issues and continue to ensure needed assistance for the people with the listed diseases.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press