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The Long-Run Costs and Financing of HIV/AIDS in Cambodia was launched on December 21, 2010, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Robert Hecht, Results for Development Institute (R4D) Managing Director, presented the report findings at a meeting with the Cambodia Parliament. Click here for the presentation.
The report, written by Cambodian experts working closely with R4D staff, finds that in the best-case scenario, Cambodia can reduce HIV infections to 1,000 people a year in 2031 – a half-century after AIDS was first identified. This estimation would be great success down from an estimated 2,100 infections last year and from the peak of 15,000 a decade ago.
The report’s authors also say that if Cambodia’s AIDS efforts stall and current coverage of key services declines, especially in carefully targeted prevention, the number of infections could climb to 3,800 a year in 2031 – nearly a four-fold increase over the best-case scenario. The report concludes that the government’s successful track record will only be maintained if it scales up prevention services for the most at-risk populations, such as sex workers, men having sex with men, and injecting drug users.
The report is the third in a series of studies done by the financing group of aids2031, an international initiative that has brought together some of the world’s experts on AIDS. The group also issued a report on the global trends in financing the AIDS fight, which was summarized in a paper published earlier this year in The Lancet, and a report on South Africa’s epidemic, which was released in mid-November.
To read the press release click here.