The United States will provide 35.1 million USD in 2010 funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support and strengthen Cambodian development priorities in health and education.
Amendments to two bilateral agreements relating to the above grants will be signed in Cambodia on September 28, said a Sept. 27 press release by the U.S. side.
The amendment to the health agreement provides 33.55 million USD in grant funds to support a variety of ongoing activities to reduce the transmission and impact of HIV/AIDS; to prevent and control major infectious diseases such as tuberculosis; to improve maternal, reproductive, and children’s health; and to strengthen Cambodian public health systems and the government’s national health priorities.
The amendment to the education agreement provides 1.55 million USD in grant funds to support ongoing education programs aimed at improving the quality and relevance of basic education and increasing access to schooling for all children, including minorities, people with disabilities, and the very poor. Activities will also focus on reducing school dropout and repetition rates through improvements in teaching quality, school management training, and measuring student academic achievement.
According to USAID, its total funding commitment in health and education through the life of the bilateral agreement is over 277 million USD. In addition to health and education activities, USAID supports a broad range of programmes designed to benefit all Cambodians in areas such as human rights, rule of law, local governance and decentralization, anti-corruption, natural resource management, economic growth, and combating trafficking in persons. USAID expects to commit a total of 69 million USD in assistance to Cambodia in 2010./.