First Lady Calls on Joint Endeavor to Prevent Spread of HIV/AIDS

Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), has called on people and all relevant institutions to continue joint efforts to prevent and eliminate the epidemic of HIV/AIDS disease throughout the country.

Cambodia's First Lady made the appeal through her message to cheer the celebration of the World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) under the theme of Joining Together for a National Movement to Prevent the Spread of HIV/AIDS.

In the message, Samdech Bun Rany Hun Sen highlighted that this year's topic aims to show the commitment of the Royal Government of Cambodia in achieving its goal of HIV/AIDS termination by 2025.

The CRC president continued that for the past 28 years, through the collaboration among the CRC, national and international partners and private sector in fighting against HIV/AIDS, the rate of HIV infection of people aged from 15 to 49 years old fell from 1.6 percent in 1998 to 1 percent in 2006; and from 0.8 percent in 2010 to 0.5 percent in 2019.

Samdech Bun Rany continued that a report from the National AIDS Authority in 2019 indicated that Cambodia achieved the reduction of HIV/AIDS death rate annually; and the new HIV infection rate dropped from 2,300 people in 2010 to 880 people in 2019.

Besides, the provision of HIV antiretroviral drugs reached 99 percent among HIV infected people who need those medicines.

In the message, Samdech Bun Rany also gave key recommendations in response to the national strategic plans to fight against and terminate the spread HIV/AIDS disease in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press