Cambodia Showcases HIV Achievements at Global Meeting

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) congratulates Cambodia for achieving the 90-90-90 targets, which are key global commitments on HIV testing and treatment, three years ahead of schedule, said a joint press release between the Cambodian Ministry of Health and UNAIDS.

This recognition was made when Cambodian Minister of Health H.E. Mam Bunheng participated in the 90-90-90 Targets Workshop from July 22-23 in Paris, France, it pointed out.

According to the same source, the country's success is due to a combination of political commitment from the Royal Government of Cambodia under the strong leadership of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and civil society as well as coordinated support from UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Cambodia has managed to translate strategic information into strategic interventions.

In 2013, the Government committed to reaching the 90-90-90 targets � that's 90% of people knowing their HIV status, 90% of people who know their status accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment achieving viral suppression. The country has the highest treatment coverage for people living with HIV in the region and is one of only seven countries globally to have already reached the 90-90-90 targets with 80% of people on treatment achieving viral suppression.

We are proud of the expansion and coverage of life saving services that we have achieved. Andwe are committed to address the remaining challenges to sustain these results, and eliminate AIDS as a public health threat by 2025, said H.E. Mam Bunheng.

The challenges include sustainability and quality of HIV services in the context of rapidly declining external funding; retention of qualified and experienced human resources for HIV programme management and implementation; structural and legal barriers, including stigma and discrimination, which still deter key and priority populations from accessing HIV services.

The shift from epidemic control to virtual elimination is currently being done without significant experience from similar countries or global guidance, said the minister.

The national programme, together with partners and communities will focus on: finding undiagnosed people living with HIV, assuring quality of HIV services across the cascade of testing, treatment and care, strengthening surveillance and monitoring systems and continuing to leverage resources from domestic funding to mitigate financial risks.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press