U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Celebrates 20 Years of Partnerships Championing Public Health in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia – U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy and staff from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today celebrated the 20th anniversary of the official launch of CDC cooperation with the Ministry of Health and presence in the Kingdom. The ceremony and reception brought together key health partners, including the Ministry of Health, to mark this momentous occasion.

“The partnership between U.S. CDC and the Cambodian Ministry of Health has been a model of excellence, establishing and addressing joint health priorities, sharing information and data, and promoting transparency and accountability,” Ambassador Murphy said. “The partnership has built a strong foundation for resilient public health systems and is a key asset for our bilateral relationship.” 

 In a special message, U.S. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky also acknowledged the importance of the relationship. “The 20th anniversary of CDC Cambodia is a proud achievement in our long history of health collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other country partners. In an era where partnership is more essential than ever, CDC Cambodia exemplifies our joint commitment to protecting the public’s health.  We are grateful for our partnership and friendship,” she said.

For two decades, U.S. CDC Cambodia has worked with local and international partners to address public health challenges, including the fight against HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases. U.S. CDC Cambodia was instrumental in providing guidance and training to public health responders working on the COVID-19 response during the pandemic and supported the MOH Emergency Operations Center.

U.S. CDC Cambodia’s work illustrates the United States enduring commitment to championing global public health, addressing complex health challenges, and saving lives.

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