On November 1, 2007, the Project for HIV/ AIDS Strategic Technical Assistance, supported by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Emergency Plan/PEPFAR), was launched in Cambodia. This new project, referred to as "PRASIT," which means "effectiveness" in Khmer, aims to help Cambodia sustain its success in reducing HIV prevalence, and in providing humane and effective services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
In his remarks to launch the project, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Joseph A. Mussomeli said, "Through PRASIT, our assistance will continue to focus on prevention among high risk populations...The United States Government is committed to continuing to support the Royal Government of Cambodia to ensure that the successes achieved to date are maintained, and that Cambodia's capacity to deal with the future is in place."
Cambodia Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health H.E. Professor Eng Hout remarked, "Providing technical and financial support to national programs at all levels in accordance with the national strategic plan of the Ministry of Health, and using harmonizing mechanisms in good collaboration with all development partners, is the key to successfully achieving the object of the program."
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