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Discussion To Seek Understanding of Merit of Linking AIDS and Tuberculosis Programs Towards Ending AIDS in 2025 and Tuberculosis in 2030

Geneva: Senior Minister His Excellency Ieng Mouly, Chair of the National AIDS Authority, held a working meeting with Dr. Madame Lucida Ditiu, director general of the Stop TB Partnership, at the organization’s headquarters located at the Global Health Campus building on the morning of 9 April.

The meeting, to seek understanding of the merit of linking the AIDS and tuberculosis programs towards ending AIDS in 2025 and tuberculosis in 2030, was participated by His Excellency Dr. Tia Phalla, vice chair of the National AIDS Authority; His Excellency Sorn Piseth, adviser and director of the authority’s Administration and Finance Department; Dr. Suvannand Sahu, deputy director of the Stop TB Partnership, and Dr. Jacob Cresswell, head of Innovations and Grants at the organization.

His Excellency the Senior Minister stated that we want to offer experiences in the fight against AIDS to the combat against tuberculosis and carry out study on whether we are able to link and coordinate the two diseases.

In her reply, the Madame Director said that Cambodia was a priority country that the Stop TB Partnership wanted to further help. Her organization has received financial assistance from USAIDS, Canada, Gates Foundation, Japan, and Australia. She wanted the AIDS and tuberculosis programs to be together. She might help organize programs on HIV, AIDS, and tuberculosis to be participated by political leaders, celebrities, communities, and citizens with a view to enhancing awareness and inspiring the participation of all circles as well as providing further assistance to the fight against tuberculosis program in Cambodia. Through TB Reach, the Stop TB Partnership has been assisting the combat against tuberculosis program in Cambodia with approximately $1 million annually.

Before concluding, His Excellency the Senior Minister said that in Cambodia, we are fortunate to have Prime Minister Samdech Techo’s firm political support for the AIDS-fighting program. We will hold discussions with tuberculosis institutions to seek cooperative approaches, and we will present report to Samdech Decho for decision.

In the meantime, the Madame Director General mentioned that she would visit Cambodia for further discussion of this issue.

At the end, His Excellency the Senior Minister and the Madame Director General concurred that the search for understanding of the tuberculosis program progress would be deepened. In addition, positive points to link the two programs would be sought, in the sense of moving towards eradicating AIDS in 2025 and tuberculosis in 2030.